There are certain times of year when everyone is a little more on edge. A small cough or sneeze could send people running. When flu season hits, everyone gets a little more concerned. While families are struggling to deal with the effects of the virus, employers are also scrambling to find solutions for the loss of workers. What is it about the flu that causes such devastation?
Loss of Critical Personnel
Most businesses work as teams, with each person depending on others to get their jobs done. But, what happens when someone important misses work because he or she is sick? Losing a manager can cause entire departments to be left unsupervised. Losing a human resources employee could cause problems with paychecks and benefit questions. Immediately, certain things come to a halt or begin to move slowly because of the loss.
Having one person out with the flu isn’t the biggest problem that employers face. It’s tough, but there are others that can step in and get the work done. The real problem is the flu virus that one person brings into the workplace that spreads around until several employees are under the weather and things continue to spread. It can take weeks, or even months, to have the virus make its way through everyone in the office. In severe cases, people may be dealing with the flu more than once a season.
Finding a Solution
While it is just about impossible to make vaccines mandatory, there are ways for employers to encourage their employees to get a flu shot. With workplace flu vaccinations, a practitioner comes to the office and takes care of all the employees. This means that no one needs to miss work. No one needs to worry about insurance coverage. All of this is taken care in advance, and things go smoothly.
Getting a flu vaccine doesn’t mean that all of a company’s problems are solved during flu season. However, it does tend to cut back on the number of employees that are out at one time and the overall duration of the flu for those that do catch it. Most business owners agree that arranging for flu vaccines at work is well worth the investment.