It’s that time of the year again. Everyone is sick. Half of your staff is at home with a bug that’s worked its way through the office twice now. One thing’s for sure, employee sick time is expensive. According to the ISSA the average American employer pays out 7.7 sick days per year, per employee. This results in an astounding $225.8 billion in lost revenue for the country! Furthermore, cold/flu symptoms amount to a reduction of 3% to 8% in productivity for those who are able to come into work, whereas something as straightforward as dust exposure falls somewhere between 2% to 6% in production loss. That doesn’t sound too bad though, right? Well it just so happens that same study estimates the productivity you can gain back would equate to roughly $125,000 a year per a 100 associate office at an average salary of $25,000. That’s a decent chunk of dough to be sure.
Wouldn’t it be nice to recoup some of that lost money? To do so you would have to decrease the number of days taken off due to genuine illness. Good news, there’s a simple solution to your problem. Improve your cleaning methods! The US National Library of Medicine concluded in a published 2016 study that “Providing a comprehensive, targeted, yet simple to execute hand hygiene program significantly reduced the incidence of health care claims and increased employee workplace satisfaction.” Noting that “Absenteeism was positively impacted overall for the intervention group.” A bonus of implementing said program resulted in “…significant improvements in hand hygiene behavior and perception of company concern for employee well-being.”
What you’ll notice about all of the information stated above is that it specifically dealt with keeping your hands clean while at work, via sanitizer. The real point to be made is where are the germs coming from? More often than not they reside at the workplace. Keeping all of your hard surfaces sanitary is a great way of preventing the spread of germs before your workforce comes into contact with them. A separate 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health showed that making a concerted effort to reduce the transmission of infection related illnesses by way of sanitation “…appears effective in improving employees’ health and decreasing absenteeism.” Finding that “Bacterial audits demonstrated a reduction in contamination levels of 33% across all measured spaces. Absenteeism rates were reduced by 13%.”
Softer surfaces such as carpeting are a major offender in the fight for cleanliness too. High traffic areas are subject to dirt, dust and even dust mites. All of which are in direct correlation with a number of illnesses, most notably asthma. Subjecting your carpets to regular cleaning will not only remove one more contributing factor to legitimate sick days, it should also reduce overall maintenance costs, extend the life of your carpet and improve workplace appearance.
Luckily, you’re not in this alone. As industrial cleaning experts with more than 40 years of experience, we’ve helped thousands of Midwest companies achieve fewer sick days and ultimately higher productivity. Contact us today to learn how to make these numbers a reality!