Sure, sure, Frank’s head feels like boiled knitting, but he’s there at his desk. Unwell as all hell but committed and going for it. A good, reliable trouper.
Also unfortunately, doing more harm than good. More liability than asset.
Because how can anyone focus with a head like boiled knitting? Be alert and watchful, ready for advantage? Or sharp as a razor, alive to the possibilities of somebody pulling a fast one?
And how about detail? Remembering procedure? Recording every step so there’s no comebacks? Good, reliable and watching your back?
Productivity down the drain
Not likely to be happening is it? Which could actually cost a lot of money. Especially if mistakes are involved – big ones as well as small ones. Or opportunities are not followed up. None of which would happen if he booked off sick. Send him home!
Which would make it one of the six days a year that EVERY staff member books off absent, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Not the full story about being unwell at work though, hey?
Including yourself, there’s loads more – affecting every one of your team. Ignoring that cold because there’s work piling up. Living with those stomach cramps. Grinding teeth against the pounding head, determined not to give up.
Yes, but not performing at 100% either. Sometimes more like 40%.
The HR people call it “presenteeism” – people who drag themselves into work feeling like death. Worried about work load, or imposing on colleagues, or even job security.
Which accounts for 10 times more than absenteeism says a GCC report approved by the WHO.
Nearly 60 days, the equivalent of THREE WORKING MONTHS. 66 days if you include the 6 days off as well.
Losing out on full value
So effectively every salary in the place is only for nine months out of twelve. Nine months at full productivity and top performance. Three months of iffy, erratic going through the motions.
All of which means remove the CAUSE of workplace unwell-ness, and you increase productivity by a third. Not for just one staff member, but ALL of them. The equivalent of one third extra trained and motivated staff. All FREE, because everybody’s salary is a full 12 months, not 9 – already paid for.
And the major cause of unwell-ness?
Catching a germ. Coming down with some bug that makes people feel lousy without forcing them into their beds. Not taking time off to make it get better. Spreading it around so everyone else catches it too. Suddenly snowballing the presenteeism cost from one person to many.
So what is the real presenteeism cost?
For an average salary of around £22,000, you can reckon on over £6,000 per staff member per year. Or if you want to be more accurate, here’s a calculator to work out your own figures.
Restoring the balance
Plus of course, you need to add in make-good for all the mistakes, omissions and fumbled passes that team members might make while they’re feeling off colour. Which in a worst case scenario could easily wind up at over £32,000 for a single staff member.
Fortunately, most of this is fixable. You CAN claim an extra third productivity at no extra cost.
By being a top level workplace guardian and eliminating germs in the workplace. And believe us, there’s plenty germs there. When news is slack, newspapers bring us reports like this several times a year.
OK, there’s still going to be people with bad backs, or battling with depression, or living with pregnancies. Lots of people have underlying conditions they just have to live with.
But even they can benefit from having no germs around. Take away the minor ailments and people feel good. Like endorphins kicking in after a gym session – without the cost of gym membership.
Press the button
And easy peasy too, just by pressing a button.
The one on a machine called a Hypersteriliser – a portable, fully automatic gadget that mists up the place after everyone’s gone home. Whoosh, all viruses and bacteria are oxidised to nothing. Forty minutes later, the whole place is sterile.
First thing in the morning, people clock in to a germ-free workplace. No germs, no unwell-ness, 100% productivity.
You’re the workplace guardian, you’ve protected their health – Priority One before all the other feel-good things you’ve put in place.
Now how healthy would that look on your balance sheet?
This post takes inspiration from a report on workplace guardians that appeared in Facilities Management Journal. Well done, gals and guys. Looks like we’re all about to save a lot of money.
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