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Anytime of the year can be flu season and people are always getting sick for one reason or another regardless what time of year it is. When it comes to work, people tend to come in when they’re sick but it’s not really a good idea, and here are some good reasons why.

Coming to work sick is known to negatively affect everyone at the workplace and can be a factor in reducing productivity. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu cost our nation about $10.4 billion per year in direct medical expenses and an additional $16.3 billion in lost earnings annually. Coming to work with the flu contributes to this.

Employees that come to work sick can spread the sickness but in addition to that it can lead to an unhappy culture. Nothing hurts productivity more than unhappy employees and having people come into work sick can spread unhappy feelings.

A sick person who comes to work doesn’t work their best and just do the bare minimum to get through the day. It’s smarter to have them stay home instead of paying them a full day to have them underperform and risk getting everyone else sick at the same time.

Think about your insurance costs. Creating a policy that allows employees to stay home when they get the flu or encourage other healthy activities can lead to insurance saving later on.

Prevention is something a company can do to minimize the whole problem in the first place. Policies can be developed to educate employees on where to get flu shot, or an on-site flu shot clinic can be arranged. Information posters can be placed in common areas advising employees about how to avoid getting sick. Providing hand sanitizer and encouraging its use can also help. Providing sick days and encouraging employees to stay home when they’re sick can really pay off.

By UNIKO Media Group