Are you one of those people who suffers through a cold or the flu and goes in to work anyway? If so, you’re not alone, according to a study by Staples Advantage. Staples Advantage interviewed 150 workers for its 2011 flu and germ survey. And the results are surprising.
Approximately 70% of workers go to work even when they’re sick. They have sick days, but whether it’s due to workaholism or a tough boss, they’re coming in anyway.
And while all of the employees surveyed are concerned about catching germs at work, only 40% of them do anything to kill germs in their work surroundings. The kitchen sponge, keyboard and phone ranked as the dirtiest items in the office, and while 90% of those surveyed eat lunch at their desks, less than 10% actually clean their desks regularly with disinfectant.
Do you encourage your employees to stay home?
Many employees take a note from their bosses when it comes to working through illness. If you’re showing up with a hacking cough or looking green, there’s a higher likelihood they will too. And while you love your workers to be productive, they’re actually not when they’re sick. You end up with more sick employees and less work being done.
Prevent the Spread of Germs in Your Office
In honor of this week, the 2011 International Clean Hands Week, we encourage you to help your employees stay healthy year ’round. Staples Advantage recommends these easy steps to help offices and employees maintain a healthier environment:
- Focus on the Simple Solution: Proper hand washing is the most important technique that many people ignore. Ensure proper hand washing by providing self-foaming soap, touch-free fixtures and motion-sensor dispensers in bathrooms.
- Be Prepared: Some important products to have on hand, just-in-case, include latex gloves, masks, sanitizing wipes and disinfecting cleaning chemicals. Also, clean common touch surfaces such as bathroom doors, elevator buttons and ATM machines more frequently.
- Utilize Technology As Much As Possible: Technology and home office solutions can help encourage employees to stay home when sick to prevent the spread of germs and the flu. Whenever possible, promote telecommuting as an option for employees when they’re feeling ill.