Big money gains.
Though strictly it’s clawing back money you’ve already spent.
More accurately, winning back proper value for it – instead of the zero you get now.
Money lost to germs – which affects every business. Every organisation come to that. Everywhere that people work together – exposed to communal ailments and frequently insecure environments.
It’s the germs that make them insecure. Microscopically small and out of sight, so you never think they’re there.
Take a look at the number of staff with coughs and sniffles though. Or the ones holding their tummies when they think you’re not looking.
The scourge of presenteeism
Get the picture?
They’re your walking wounded. The ones who feel like death from some bug or infection. But drag themselves into work anyway. Stressed about work load, or letting down their colleagues, or even if their job is safe if they don’t pitch up.
Yes, they should be home on sick leave. But they’re tougher than that.
So they’re at their desks, going through the motions. Risking their colleagues to the same bugs they have. Working at half power or worse. Making mistakes. Missing out on detail. Ratty with suppliers. Grumpy with customers. More liability than asset.
We’ve all been there. Not absent from work, but present and struggling. Well-intentioned but causing grief for ourselves and everyone we work with. It’s the scourge of presenteeism.
All at full salary – but nothing like full value.
Never thought of it like that? That you’re paying for all those days but not getting them?
Getting your own back
Suppose you could get them back? Claw back their value?
Because right now, you’re only getting nine months’ worth for every twelve you pay salaries for.
Reclaim that lot – or at least a large chunk of it – and you could increase productivity by a third. One third up on where you are now. And absolutely free, because you’ve already paid for it.
Worth a bob or two, no?
One third of your all-up salary allocation. Up there in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. As you can see for yourself on our cost of workplace illness calculator.
OK, so how does it work? Is it actually possible to reduce workplace germs so you see an improvement in profits?
Winning the germ war
A small wheelie-bin sized Hypersteriliser machine will do it. Eradicate ALL germs in your workplace after everyone’s gone home. Present completely sterile surroundings for them to step into in the morning.
It works by misting the place up with the mildest solution of ionised hydrogen peroxide. The same stuff our own bodies produce to prevent infection through open wounds and cuts.
The ionising spreads it everywhere – across all surfaces, into all cracks and crevices. And because it’s airborne – throughout the whole room space, which normally never gets touched. 80% of the germ-load, right there.
Viruses and bacteria don’t stand a chance. The electrostatically charged hydrogen peroxide grabs at them like a magnet, oxidising them to oblivion. Oxygen atoms rip their cell structure apart. No way any of them are coming back.
No germs, no chance for staff to get sick. At least not from the workplace – which as the media continually remind us, can be full of more germs than a toilet.
It won’t protect against germs from outside either of course. The ones lurking on the escalator handrail, or exploding over everyone in a sneeze on the Central Line. Outside there’s germs everywhere – on lift buttons, touchscreens, keys, light switches, money.
But at least inside, your people are safe. Where the germ threshold is zero, except for what they bring in on their skin and clothing. Or what they try to hide behind their handkerchiefs.
Unfortunately though, you can’t help everyone. Like the ones with injuries, or muscular problems, or lingering non-infecting conditions like IBS. Though germ dodging will surely help their already challenged immune systems.
The profit margin
So is it worth doing?
With presenteeism running at ten times that, that’s a bill to British businesses of £290 billion. So even if you only recover half that, you’re ahead by several thousand.
Maybe enough to consider bonuses, or maybe bankrolling those projects you’ve never had cash for, until now.
Plus there’s the feel-good factor – the elusive motivator that all those workplace wellness programmes try so hard to offer. Productivity plus-plus.
Sure, it’s nice to have gym membership, company flu jabs, feng shui inspired lighting and fresh apples in reception. But nothing works better than knowing the body is good and healthy, full of positive vibes, committed and eager. Feeling like a super-performer and wanting to go for it.
You see what we mean by profits?
Everybody gains, everybody wins, everybody feels good – what germ dodging does.
Which means the sky’s the limit.
*Credit where it’s due. This is not the first time we’ve made mention of it, so we do need to express our big thanks. As always, we’re grateful to business experts PWC, whose insightful absenteeism figures are the whole reason our modest little venture can exist.
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