PLANNING FOR THE WINTER COLD & FLU SEASON
Many organizations don’t realize the impact that the winter flu and illness season can have on their workplace. If a significant illness outbreak hits your company, you may face elevated employee absenteeism rates, which could lead to business interruptions and lost productivity.
FLU & ILLNESS PREVENTION TIPS
Hand Washing: Stress the importance of washing hands thoroughly and often, and provide hand sanitizer in common areas.
Commonly Touched Items: Regularly disinfect commonly touched objects like elevator buttons, doorknobs, and keyboards.
Vaccinations: Encourage employees to receive the annual flu vaccine, and consider offering seasonal flu shots in your workplace.
Stay Home: Provide flexibility to sick employees or employees caring for sick family members. If employees feel pressured to work through their illness, it will likely spread around your workplace, and you may face even more employee absence.
Remote Capabilities: If your organization is experiencing increased flu occurrences, consider steps to avoid unnecessary close contact between employees. Take advantage of telecommuting, email, and other remote conferencing options.
RBN IS HERE TO HELP
There is a strong likelihood that your workplace will experience seasonal flu occurrences at some point. By accommodating ill employees or employees with sick family members, you can keep business interruption to a minimum while also avoiding the spread of sickness throughout your workplace. RBN provides value-add benefits and a full-service coverage platform to our clients. RBN can help develop employment policies, employee handbooks, safety procedures, and wellness programs.