Last year I wrote about how my brother was hiding in his home to avoid the flu at his shared workspace. The key for him was working from home. We all aren’t lucky enough to have that ability!
As a human resource professional I am sure we all want our employees to remain healthy and productive. Since this is a somewhat unrealistic goal, at least to maintain it 100% of the time, we have to have plans in place to help employees stay healthy, and then remain productive when possible. Below are a few ideas to maintain employee productivityduring flu season:
· Consider having a teleconference or video chat with your other locations rather than spread germs. Face to face is best, but during the winter months it may be safer to go this route.
· Offer a lunch and learn from a local physician who accepts your insurance. It’s basically free advertising for them, but your employees can get some tips and tricks, or at least an awareness to think about washing their hands more often than they usually would.
· If you have workers who share a company vehicle, maybe during different shifts, make sure these trucks or other vehicles have disinfecting wipes or spray available. Same goes for office space!
· Allow employees to work from home if they feel well enough to do so. They will stay productive, and won’t risk the productivity of their co-workers by sharing their germs. If you can’t allow people to work from home, do you have part-time employees who might be interested in filling in for someone else on short notice?
I hope the flu doesn’t hit your workplace this year, but if it does, be prepared to offer some options to ease employee stressand keep your company moving at top speed.
Originally posted at: http://uecubenefit.uecu.org/