It’s feelgood all round. Extra enthusiasm, extra commitment, extra effort – and all on the same salary everybody’s getting now.
Your team are switched on and going for it – pushing productivity through the roof.
Too good to be true?
Actually no, it’s achievable right now – and easier than you think.
The pay rise that costs nothing
Without stretching anybody either. They’re all on the same workload, working the same hours – no slaving into the evening or taking stuff home. Doing exactly the same thing, but doing it better.
You see, it’s not MORE that they’re giving – more effort, more concentration, more input.
The difference is that you’re removing the gremlins that HOLD THEM BACK.
You read that right, HOLD THEM BACK.
Because you might think your team are giving their all – and they might too.
But reality is, they’re underperforming. Always have done.
And always will, unless you do something about it – an experience shared by every business.
You are your own example
You’re even underperforming yourself. You’re a human being, just like them, so you personally feel the same hindrances.
Humour us, and just pause a while.
How do you feel?
A bit of a sniffle because it’s winter. Head a bit stuffy in the heated office. Muscles still twingeing from the weekend’s DIY. Which means you’re not exactly 100 per, are you? You’re a bit down, but you ignore it. Put it to the back of your mind, so you can get on with things.
Full marks for commitment, but how about concentration?
That razor sharp mind that got you where you are is not as quick as it might be, is it? OK with routine, but dragging its heels on the real stuff. Straining for that competitive edge where it counts.
No, it’s not a criticism. And you’re not alone. So don’t worry, we all feel like that.
Not all the time, obviously. But often enough that our functioning is under par a lot of the time, not fully capable of giving our all.
And this might be us on a good day. On a bad one, it’s more of a struggle.
Like when that cold or flu really takes hold. Not so bad that you can’t come to work, but enough to make you seriously miserable inside.
Uh, huh. So how good is your concentration now?
The world is not co-operating, is it? Making everything more difficult.
For instance, how much longer does it take to do things? How sure are you that you’re doing everything accurately? Bit ratty are you, with colleagues and customers – rubbing a few of them up the wrong way?
There’s a price tag to all that, and it’s impaired productivity. Not up to standard, not up- to scratch, a possible loss-maker on top of the wheelspin that impaired concentration has already caused.
Presenteeism, it’s called – the downside of being unwell at work. And it happens to all of us more often than we think.
Our own perception is we’re on top of things pretty well all the time. Reality is, research has us underperforming every three days or so.
And right there is why presenteeism costs probably TEN TIMES MORE than absenteeism – £290 billion vs £29 billion. 57.5 days of lost productivity for every employee, every year – almost three working months.
Which is where we come from with a virtual pay rise.
If you could take away the gremlins that make people feel off colour every few days, they would immediately perform better. Instead of being three months short of effort for every salary, you’d get full twelve months’ ration. Productivity up a third, just by removing the hindrances.
In other words, by removing the causes that make people feel off colour in the first place.
By removing the germs that make them feel so challenged.
Take away the gremlins
Oh yes. Like it or not, with lots of people working on top of each other, all in the same space, every workplace is riddled with them. We just don’t see them, so we don’t recognise that they’re there.
- 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.
- At least two in three of us always eat lunch there.
Our own personal germ count is even worse, for the same reason – we can’t see germs, so never think that they are there. So gruesome as it is,
- 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.
OK, so how do you get rid of germs?
That matronly voice is your mother and your mother’s mother, telling you to wash your hands. On top of which, going over your desk with antibacterial wipes is a step in the right direction.
But how about all the high touch objects that everyone shares – light switches, door handles, touch screens, keypads? Start wiping those and you’ll never get any work done, the whole day will be charring out the place.
Which is how it’s done of course, piggy-backed with regular office cleaning outside hours. And done properly, a procedure that eliminates ALL germs completely – the whole place sterile and totally safe, every morning when the team arrives for a new day.
The productivity prize
And here we go with the pay rise again.
Because what happens when there’s no germs around to make the team feel unwell?
- They feel better, yes – so they’re better able to concentrate. To do it for longer and more incisively.
- They’re bright-eyed and positive – more in harmony, finding it easier to do things.
- Holding back? Most of them are quite the opposite – gung-ho and wanting to do things. They have their own careers to push , and can feel themselves doing it.
Which means a whole attitude shift. From bumbling along as normal to wanting to win and going for it.
So ask yourself, what is the quality of their work now – the level of their productivity?
And all without a pay rise – just looking out for their workplace health protection and showing your team that you care personally.
Three working months per team member that could be – in additional work capability. Effort and input you’ve never had before, but been paying for all along. Enough to bankroll a real pay rise if you’ve a mind.
Maybe you should go ahead and give it to them. They’ve earned it.
And with a real pay rise out of the blue, there’ll be nothing to HOLD THEM BACK then.
About this blog
Back Off, Bacteria! is the blog of Hyper Hygiene Ltd, supplier of what we’re convinced is the most effective health protection system in the world. A fully mobile, all-automatic Hypersteriliser machine mists up workplaces with ionised hydrogen peroxide, spreading everywhere and eliminating all bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Hypersteriliser units are supplied to businesses and institutions across the UK, notably the haematology and other critical units at Salford Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester; Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital; South Warwickshire Hospital; Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital; and Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.
The Halo Hypersteriliser system achieves 6-log Sterility Assurance Level – 99.9999% of germs destroyed. It is the only EPA-registered dry mist fogging system – EPA No 84526-6. It is also EU Biocide Article 95 Compliant.
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Originally posted on 1 March 2018 @ 3:05 pm