Wow, do we ever pay for a sickie.
131 million days are lost every year because we’re down with something – according to the Office of National Statistics – around 4.4 days per worker at a cost of £29 billion.
Not good if you’re a manager, or running your own business.
Not good for employees either.
Losing hand over fist
Staff off sick means having to double up. Overtime, yes – but not because you wanted it. Working with temps who are not up to speed. Less time to do your own stuff. More stress, stretched patience, being under pressure.
And of course, less to divvy out when it comes to bonus time.
4.4 days – almost a week.
But folks at the Sage Group reckon it’s far higher – and £100 billion too. More like 19 days for ill health, 23 for stress, depression and anxiety. And as the world’s third largest accounting software operation, they ought to know – most bean-counters want it accurate, down to the penny.
Which gets a little hairy when you do the sums.
Just to grab a perspective, say we’re a company of 20 people in an office, averaging between us around £20,000 a year each. Some kind of sales outfit, or maybe a call centre.
Allow 16 days each for colds, flu, tummy bugs and the usual suspects – and we’re looking at a monthly hit to the company’s bottom line of about £2,220 – more than the take-home for any of us. A deadweight overhead nobody ever sees.
Except it’s mostly preventable.
Because – not looking at injuries or long-term physical problems – all those ailments come from germs. Viruses or bacteria we either breathe in or eat – which trigger coughs, sniffles, headaches, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.
And all of which we pass easily from one to another- cooped up together in our open plan office the way we are. Breathing the same air, sharing the same things, touching the same objects and each other, eating at our desks and running the same risks.
Look closely and you’ll see why. Greasy finger marks on keyboards, phones and light switches – dust bunnies behind all those plasma screens. 10 million bacteria on the average desk that we’re working at with out bare hands.
And still sitting there tomorrow, because the average wipe-down doesn’t actually cover all those high touch surfaces. Vacuum the floors, empty the bins, wipe the desks – and that’s yer lot. No wonder sickie costs are £2,220 a month!
No doctor necessary
Now here’s the preventable bit.
To take down all the viruses and bacteria everywhere in the room – dark corners, cracks and crevices too – as well as the air, that 80% of moving-around space that never gets touched – annihilating germs completely.
All it takes is to press one button on a smart-looking machine – about the size of a small wheelie-bin. The Hypersteriliser.
Nifty device, this.
It fills the air with an ultra-fine mist of hydrogen peroxide – ionised, so it actively spreads away from itself. Reaching up and out – hard up against ceilings and walls, onto every surface. Behind, under and on top of filing cabinets, server consoles, copy machines, the works.
The charged molecules reach out and grab all germs on the fly, oxidising them to oblivion.
Next morning, the place is sterile. No viruses, no bacteria, no illnesses to bring anybody down – no pathogens to pass on to each other either.
And it’s like that every morning – day in, day out.
Safe, secure. With machine and misting solution on lease at just £420 a month – less than a quarter of sick leave costs. Costs that no longer have to be met. And work pressure nobody has to keep living with.
Of course, everything could stay the way it is and we all put up with it – cough, sniffle.
Two plus two equals..?
But, let’s see – that’s £2,220 less the £420 lease cost…
What business wouldn’t want to save £1,800 a month – AND have everybody well and smiling at their desks, all up to full horsepower?
Money talks, germs don’t. And the difference is one heck of a packet.
Originally posted 2015-10-06 14:42:53.