Can’t see it yet? Of course not, it’s invisible.
So here’s a clue.
Look around your office, count the empty desks.
People off sick, work not happening, lost revenue – we’re talking absentees, right?
Nice try, but that’s not it.
Now count the desks with people who look under-par.
Martyrs sick at work
Head down, avoiding your gaze because of a headache. Rheumy eyed. Sniffling. Twisting with gut ache. Waiting till you’ve gone to run to the loo – again.
They’re your walking wounded. Martyrs all. The ones who shouldn’t be at work, but came anyway. Sick as dogs, feeling like death. About as useful as elephants on roller skates.
Yeah, we’ve all been there – including yourself. More liability than asset. Going through the motions, making mistakes, just wishing it was time to go home.
57 days a year, we’re like that. Almost three working months. Not sick enough to take leave, but not well enough to be on top of things either. Blundering on with some bug we probably caught at work anyway – because that’s where we spend most of our time.
Always at risk
Some bug at work. How sensible is that?
We wouldn’t expose ourselves to noxious fumes or toxic chemicals. Too dangerous, impossible to do business.
Yet we expose ourselves to other hazards every day without a thought. Invisible, so we don’t even twig that they are there. Always and every day, waiting to do us down. We can’t see germs.
We sure as hell know when they hit us though – and still we do nothing.
Totally crazy, right?
If the germs were a notifiable disease like polio, or mumps, or SARS, the Health & Safety people would be all over us, trying to shut us down.
Yeah, but they’re invisible, see? Rotten, horrible germs. How can we plan for hazards we can’t see?
We don’t see them, so we don’t think of them. Not lazy, just not on the radar. But dangerous, just the same. And big money losers too.
Just a hint of legionnaire’s disease and we’re hauled into court, fined, shackled with a criminal record and lucky if we don’t get nailed with a custodial sentence.
OK, it’s against the law to gloss over hazards like legionnaire’s disease. Every business is responsible for the safety of its staff. To protect them from hazards like dangerous germs and care for their health. And legionnaire’s is one the law gets tough on.
Where’s the protection?
But how nuts is it that we don’t have protection from any others?
There’s billions of germs all around us and we do nothing. Not even wash our hands if we’re honest – which 95% of us don’t even bother to do properly.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
And it costs money, money, money.
Utterly nuts because it’s all avoidable, just by taking precautions.
If there’s no germs, we can’t get sick. And if we’re not sick, there’s nothing to stop us working at full power. Nothing to stop us going to the top, ready to take on the world.
All it takes to stop germs is to make the place sterile. Which your cleaning service can do right alongside the nightly swamp-out of desks and waste bins after everyone goes home.
Push button easy
Easy peasy, and about as difficult as using a vacuum cleaner.
A lot less effort though, machines do it automatically. Press a button and forty minutes later, all those invisible germs are dead.
So instead of paying a bomb, you’re saving a bomb. Instead of being underpowered, you’re firing on all four. No more invisible hazards, more like visible money-making.
Come on! What are you waiting for?
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