Good staff, are they? All solid professionals.
Worth every penny that you pay them.
If only you were getting full value.
You’re not, you know. And here’s why.
You’ve allowed for holidays, right? And probably around six days sick leave.
Yes, that’s about a month off, because you’re understanding and reasonable – part of the cost of doing business.
But you’ve left out the rest.
Those days when they’re not feeling all that hot. Scratchy throat maybe – a headache and a sniffle. Or a churning gut ache that has them running to the loo.
The unwell-at-work overhead
Yes, but they’re pros. Committed and going for it.
So they force themselves to work, come what may. Clenched teeth and popping paracetamol – but at their desks and determined. A compliment to your motivational skills.
Better ask yourself though, how productive they are, feeling like that. Up to speed, yes. But struggling to keep going – battling to keep focus, cross-eyed following detail.
Sure you recognise the symptoms – you’ve been there yourself. You’re at work, but not really – underpowered and you know it, going through the motions.
Presenteeism, it’s called. Being unwell at work. Like absenteeism, but way more common. Up to 57.5 days a year, according to a GCC study validated by the World Health Organization. Almost ten times more than days off sick, nearly three working months.
And that’s the average.
Bottom line on salaries – you’re paying for twelve months on every staff member. But in actual productivity, you’re only getting nine.
Sloppy work costs money
That’s not all you’re paying for either.
There’s the quality of work and the consequences of not being fully alert. Mistakes get made when staff aren’t on the ball. Deadlines get missed, customers get second best, service standards slip – the costs can be ginormous.
You can’t penalise your staff though. Being unwell is a fact of life. It’s not their fault. Or yours either.
Actually, without pussy-footing around, probably both of you are to blame.
All you have to ask is, why? Why are staff unwell at work?
For staff members, ten-to-one it’s a lapse of hygiene. Most if not all minor illnesses are caused by dirty hands – or transmitted to hands in a dirty environment. Trouble is, since germs are so small they’re invisible, our hands don’t LOOK dirty, even when they are.
Which kind of explains why:
- 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.
It also underlines the harsh reality – that most minor illnesses, colds, flu, tummy bugs, etc – are all self-inflicted.
Better hygiene, or lose money
OK, you can’t force staff into better habits. But put bottles of antibacterial gel or handy wipes on every desk where they can’t miss them, and the problem should reduce big time.
That’s not all though, because it’s you who provides the workplace. Part of your duty of care is to ensure staff are safe when they’re in there. From germs – as well as hot and cold, dark conditions and pelting rain.
It is the law, for instance, to protect staff from legionnaire’s disease – just one kind of bacteria out of the billions we are exposed to every day. Neglect this, and you could be heavily fined, possibly even go to prison.
And there’s plenty of other germs that are just as inconvenient or deadly.
Salmonella, norovirus, campylobacter or e.coli are all stomach bugs easily picked up off light switches, door handles, keyboards or touch screens. Catch one of them in your workplace and your entire staff could be down for days.
There’s also the air that staff breathe – 80% of the space within the workplace that never gets cleaned – most cleaning services just don’t have the capability. Yet workplace air is how bugs like colds and flu transfer – not forgetting legionnaire’s disease.
All change, all win
Get rid of the germs and the whole ballgame changes.
If staff aren’t exposed to germs, they can’t get sick. They don’t take days off – and they don’t drag themselves into work unwell, fumbling through their jobs and infecting their colleagues. At a stroke, those 57.5 days of presenteeism – almost three working months – no longer happen.
You get 100% of your staff, 100% of the time – a whole third up on the 75% of the time you get now.
So how’s it done?
Quite simply, by sterilising the place. Oxidising all germs to oblivion so they’re harmless. All bacteria, all viruses, all fungi, all moulds – gone.
Your own cleaning service can do it, on top of their usual schedule after staff have gone home. Simply mist the place up with hydrogen peroxide and the deed is done. No germs anywhere, your staff are safe.
And safe means secure. Staff feel confident. They’re healthy and well, full of energy and go. They WANT to do things, to achieve, to excel. Like endorphins kicking in after a session at the gym, they respond to the feel-good of being up and ready for anything.
They love their job, they love their colleagues, they love you.
Double or quits
So it’s your choice.
Stay as you are now and hope your staff keep healthy. Or make sure there’s no doubt of it and win yourself a third more productivity with your existing resources – absolutely free.
More productivity, minimal cost and everybody motivated.
Makes you think how all that drive and commitment would look on your balance sheet, hey?
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