With all of the focus on the risks of being exposed to Ebola, it may become easy to forget that the seasonal flu causes 111 million loss workdays and approximately $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity annually for US employers.
Get a refresher on what you can do in the workplace to help minimize the flu's impact on your business by reading the CDC's "Make It Your Business to Fight the Flu" employer toolkit. The toolkit includes:
- Tips and resources for providing flu vaccines onsite at the workplace
- Employee communications materials
- Links to other resources.
In addition to providing onsite flu vaccines, other important steps to take include:
- Stepping up your workplace hygiene practices. The breakroom is a prime place to harbor flu hazards. Be sure you clean handles of the faucets, microwave, and refrigerator frequently. Computer keyboards are also important to keep clean.
- Reviewing your PTO/Sick leave/Telecommuting policies. You don't want employees with the flu at work, so be sure your policies encourage employees to stay home or work from home until they are better.
- Developing contingency plans in case key employees are out sick or there are other disruptions.