13 months a year? There’s got to be a catch.
12 months is demanding enough – who would want to work 13?
Which of course, exactly IS the catch.
Because though they might be at work for a full 12 months, staff don’t actually deliver 12 months’ productivity.
They deliver 11.
Sure thing, you’re paying for 12. But 11 is what you get, even in the most motivated organisations.
And in reality, it’s closer 9. Which means a whole three months of input you’re losing out on.
Time lost to what HR people call presenteeism. Like absenteeism, only it happens in the workplace. Staff inability to do stuff because they’re feeling unwell. Right there at their desks, but out of it.
The cost of unwellness at work
A growing headache for businesses, presenteeism.
Absenteeism most bosses can understand. Staff feel ill, they take time off – easy enough to budget for.
6 days per staff member per year for the average organisation. All taken care of, unless they’re goofing off – except we’re not talking disciplinary issues here.
OK, so time off for being sick. Across the country, that’s an eye-watering cost of £29 billion a year according to a four-year-old survey by business gurus PwC. Inevitably way more than that now.
Totally dwarfed though, alongside presenteeism – a massive productivity loss of 10 times more. A monumental cost to the country of £290 billion. That’s per Global Corporate Challenge (now Virgin Pulse), in a 2016 study validated against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Workplace Health and Productivity Questionnaire.
57.5 days per year on average, lost to presenteeism – staff unwell at work and unable to perform at full capacity.
Fixing the problem
OK, roughly a third of this is difficult to do anything about. It’s mechanical stuff, problems with bones and muscles – the back pain that refuses to go away, recurring cramps and spasms.
Stressed out staff are another issue, though execs might not like the implications. These are a further third who are depressed, fretting about performance or relationships at work, struggling with family issues and bereavements.
The final third is staff brought down by illness. Physical distress caused by infection – anything from minor ailments to life-threatening diseases. A major problem yes, but the one sector that management CAN do something about.
That’s because there’s one generic cause that can be pretty well eliminated from the workplace.
It’s a fact of life that germs surround us all of the time. We’re even made of germs ourselves – 50% of our bodies are our own good bacteria handling digestion, creating proteins, managing our immune systems and plenty more.
The invisible threat
Germs are tiny, so we never see them.
But they’re everywhere – on every surface, filling the air. Everything we touch, everything we breathe is another exposure to potentially harmful viruses, bacteria and fungi determined to have a go at us.
Except we never see them, so we never think about them. Which explains why our own personal hygiene is a potentially serious risk:
- 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after going to the toilet.
- 95% of people don’t even wash their hands properly.
- Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating.
Doesn’t look dirty, so doesn’t get attention.
- The average desk has over 10 million unseen bacteria – 400 times more than a toilet.
- A typical keyboard may have 7,500 organisms hiding on it.
- Only one in five of us ever cleans our desk before eating.
- Two in three of us pretty well always eat lunch there.
Get rid of the germs
Staring us in the face, isn’t it?
Take away the germs and you take away office infections.
No more constant exposure and struggling to cope with a headache, tummy twinge or rasping cough every three days – which most of us suffer on average. Staff can focus on the job in hand, apply 100% of themselves, exert maximum productivity.
And all it takes is the touch of a button.
The one on the front panel of a Hypersteriliser mist generator. That distributes germ-killing hydrogen peroxide in all directions and deep into cracks and crevices. That oxidises ALL germs to oblivion in around 40 minutes, so the whole place is sterile.
And there’s your 13 months, right there. One third of your 57.5 days of presenteeism neutralised – a whole working month.
You’re paying for 12. And getting another one free, gratis, and for nothing, just by talking out germs.
Cashing in on bonuses too – from the feelgood.
Staff feeling healthy and motivated. WANTING to go the extra mile – because their bodies tell them they can. Keen to show they’re the champions and better than anyone else. A bulge in your bank balance you never even knew could be there.
All invisibly caused of course, you can’t see germs when they’re dead either.
A complete productivity turnaround – and how it’s done is your secret.
Your lucky 13.
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