Happier and More Productive
Guess which of these work places house the most germs?
You might be shocked to know there are considerably more germs on the average desk than on the average toilet seat!
Poor hygiene is the most significant factor leading to minor illnesses such as colds, flu and tummy trouble. These account for over 1/3 of unplanned absence at work due to sickness.
According to a recent report 98% of us will take time off over the next year. You don't have to be a maths genius to be able to work out the impact of this to business output when you take into account the whole workforce.
With an estimated average cost of 5.6% of their salary mass it is clearly a costly problem, but one that can be easily prevented with better hygiene.
So reduce absenteeism and increase your business output!
- 99% workers are affected by minor illness annually
- 80% of minor illnesses can be prevented with better hygiene
- Cost of Illness – Employers lose, on average, £780 per employee per year in lost productivity
- Good Hygiene prevents 45% minor illnesses
Let's do the maths..
Example: For 100 employees
Estimated total salary 100 x £26,500 = £2,650,000
Average UK absenteeism rate = 5.6%
Cost of sickness absence = £148,400
% sickness cold & flu = 80%
Preventable absence cost = £118,720
So if you Reduce Absenteeism by 45% = £47,488 saving
Good Hygiene Practice throughout the office will help lead to a healthier workplace
Good Hygiene Practice throughout the office can help break the cold and flu virus chain
Germs live on surfaces that others touch, which is up to 48 hours on telephones, keyboards and vending machines
Germs can be passed between people, up to 6 people, imagine the multiples!
Germs infect when a person touches their face which is, on average 16 times an hour
Simple and effective Hand Hygiene Programs lead to a 21% reduction in worker absenteeism.
People are your most important asset, keep them productive and happy!