Top Ways to Prevent Employees from Getting Sick During Flu Season

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Employees are the backbone of every organization, and their performance is directly tied to your company’s bottom line. But, when your employees are sick, they can’t perform at their highest level, and it could cost your business big time. Lost productivity, missed work hours, and spreading their illnesses to other members of your team are just a few of the effects sick employees can have at your organization. For these reasons and many more, it’s imperative you take every action you can to ensure you have a safe and healthy workforce.

Here are five ways you can help achieve this.

#1 Provide Education

One of the best ways to combat workplace illness is to educate your employees on ways they can stay healthy. Whether it’s encouraging employees to use hand sanitizer, exercise regularly, or to simply cover their mouths while coughing, reminders can be very helpful in reducing risks.

#2 Offer Company Flu Shots

Consider providing flu shots for your employees. This is one of the most effective means of preventing an outbreak that could bring your office to a complete close. It only takes a few minutes, and many companies will host an onsite flu shot clinic at your organization. Employees don’t have to drive to a drug store or doctor, which increases participation significantly.

#3 Keep Things Clean

Make sure shared office spaces, such as bathrooms and break rooms, are routinely cleaned and disinfected. Additionally, provide employees with hand sanitizers and remind them how important they are in the fight against spreading disease.

#4 Encourage Sick Employees to Stay at Home  

We all appreciate a strong work ethic. But, when employees are sick, management should encourage them to stay home. It’s just not worth it. You don’t want the employee’s condition to worsen from exhaustion, and you certainly don’t want the disease to spread to other employees.

#5 Offer a Wellness Program

Prevention is the best medicine, and there’s nothing that works quite as well as providing your employees with a comprehensive wellness program. Not only is this measure extremely effective at keeping your workers healthy, it also has a phenomenal impact on your bottom line. In fact, for every $1 organizations invest in wellness, they save $6 in healthcare costs. It’s a win-win.

If your company would like more information about how you can help your employees stay healthy year round, check out our wellness page. And, if you need immediate assistance, please reach out.

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Topics: Health & Wellness Programs, Employee Well-being, wellness

Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

About the Author
Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

CEO & CFO
Mr. Ross, a certified public accountant, joined the C.A. Short Company as its controller in June 1993 and was named Chief Financial Officer in November 1996. From there, Jeff was promoted to President and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2017, was appointed CEO. Before joining C.A. Short Company, Ross was employed as an accountant by Hausser + Taylor, a large public accounting and consulting firm. Jeff presently serves on the Board of Directors of 2XSalt Ministries, Charlotte, NC and is a member of North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Ross graduated from The Ohio State University with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1989.