Make It Your Business to Fight the Flu
No one looks forward to flu season, but it’s a time of year that is especially challenging for employers. When one employee comes down with the flu, it’s usually only a matter of time before most of the workforce starts calling in sick. Projects stall. Productivity levels plummet. And once that happens, all you can do is wait for the flu virus to run its course.
Because of the recognized risk flu season presents, many employers are taking a proactive approach to protecting employees against seasonal flu. One effective plan is to offer a workplace flu clinic. Offering a clinic in the workplace makes it easy for employees to get immunized without taking the time to find one on their own or scheduling a doctor’s visit.
According to the CDC, the flu costs businesses $10.4 billion in direct costs annually, so it’s a wise business decision to host an onsite flu vaccine clinic or offer incentives to employees for getting the vaccine. More employee participation leads to fewer employees sick with the flu, less sick time paid, less absenteeism and ultimately more productivity. For more information, check out the CDC’s resources for businesses.