Seasonal influenza is one of the greatest enemies to the business bottom line because employees can be out for long periods of time, unable to work as one may be able to do with a cold.
The High Cost of the Flu
Every year 200 million days of diminished productivity and 111 million days of work absence are due to the flu. Each episode of the flu is equal to one-half day to five days of work missed.
The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) says that in order to raise yearly productivity, “Employers should encourage all employees to get a flu shot.”
No Time for Flu Shots
According to a U.S. News & World Report article published at the start of the 2015-2016 flu season, over half of your workforce won’t get a flu vaccination on their own. Some claim they are too busy or they just don’t want to get an optional poke in the arm. Besides those stragglers who have their own beliefs for not getting flu shots, the only way to ensure nearly a 100 percent vaccination rate is to make it a supervised workplace activity.
Set Up an On-Site Flu Shot Clinic
Although the best time to vaccinate is in September, it’s never too late. All you need to decide on is a date, schedule the clinic, and send out the emails. Well, you’ll also need to decide which flu shot to provide — trivalent or quadrivalent, they are usually different costs. Most labs provide both types, as well.
What Employees Need to Do
- Email all employees about the clinic, creating an invitation that employees can mark as going or not is beneficial.
- Put up posters or flyers around the workplace to continually remind employees.
- Send out a sign-up spreadsheet where employees can schedule times.
- Send reminder emails even after everyone is signed up.