What to Do When... Your Business Is Hit by the Flu

Coughing. Fever. Body aches. Once again, it's the time of year when 5-20 percent of Americans get the flu. Despite being ill, many of these people (59 percent, to be exact) report to work, potentially spreading the virus to coworkers. Each year the flu costs the U.S. economy $180 billion in profits and lost productivity. We have outlined some best practices for you and your employees to follow to keep your workplace healthy and productive:
    woman blowing nose at work
  • Get a flu shot. To encourage employees to follow suit, arrange for on-site vaccinations.
  • Frequently wash hands and practice good respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes).
  • Send home employees who appear to have flu symptoms and establish policies on when they should return to work.
  • Provide options for working from home if possible.
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces that employees are frequently in contact with.
Read more about what you can do to avoid spreading the flu here.

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