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As in other professions, many accounting workers are hesitant to take time off from work due to illness. Reasons may include strong work ethic, a heavy workload, wanting to please a boss, or simply being unable to miss getting paid or risk losing employment. However, people who come to work with the flu spread germs to others and make them sick as well, resulting in lost productivity and the company’s bottom line suffering. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to be proactive in lessening this burden.

Allow Working from Home

Permitting ill staff members to work from home allows company productivity to continue. Remote meeting and teleconferencing allow workers to stay connected and fulfill job commitments. Giving employees time to work and rest throughout a sick day results in a more empowered and motivated workforce increased staff retention and a more productive organization. Workers allowed extra time to restore their health return to the office sooner and focus more on their work, improving their output and the company’s bottom line.

Establish Health Initiative

Develop a health initiative outlining steps staff members can take to remain well. Use signs, emails, and discussion to encourage preventative care such as washing one’s hands often, cleaning work spaces regularly, getting plenty of sleep each night, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. Encourage flu vaccinations by having your company cover the cost if possible. Incorporate a company policy on employees taking sick days that won’t have a detrimental effect on their attendance record.

Help employees feel secure and healthy at work and your company remain productive by encouraging time at home when staff members have the flu. To learn more about preparing your accounting team for flu season, contact Trimble & Associates today!

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