The guideline for absenteeism is to work on a rate of 1.5% which means that in an average work year of 250 days, employees should only take 3.75 days off sick. In South Africa, the overall absenteeism rate is between 3.5% and 6%, way over the acceptable limit.
The leading cause of absenteeism in both men and women is flu. So what can be done to reduce this and increase productivity in the workplace?
The most obvious plan of action is to reduce opportunity for infection in the workplace. This can best be achieved by insuring that the premises, particularly work surfaces, air ducts and communal toilets are kept clean and hygienic.
Our Hygiene Division is on hand to help. Contact our offices in Gauteng, Port Elizabeth and East London to get that “Fresh by Design” feeling in your workplace.