Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Controlling the flu season – save yourself a headache

Media release

12th March 2014

Controlling the flu season – save yourself a headache

Break out the hand sanitiser and keep a safe distance.

As flu season draws near, research has found that close to half of Kiwi employers report ill staff turning up for work when they should be at home.

This is despite 56% of employers saying they make a particular effort to encourage staff to stay away when sick.

With the potential to spread illness further, these stoic but ill employees could be more of a hindrance than help. The research estimated 6.1 million days of work absences cost the New Zealand economy $1.3 billion during 2012, at a median cost of $837 per employee.

Wellness in the Workplace is a joint study undertaken by the country’s largest health insurer, Southern Cross Health Society, New Zealand’s largest advocacy group for enterprise, BusinessNZ and specialist injury management provider Gallagher Basset.

The nationwide study of around 97,000 staff was carried out in June 2013 in order to benchmark absence levels among employees.

Peter Tynan, Southern Cross Health Society Chief Executive, said limiting the spread of illness within an organisation was essential to reducing the country’s billion dollar absence bill.

“It’s great to be committed to your job, and that should be celebrated, but the reality is that coming in when sick could actually cost your business a lot of money in lost productivity, disruption or temporary staff fees if others catch your bug.”

Unsurprisingly, small businesses with five or less employees are most likely to come into work ill. The bigger the organisation the more likely staff are to stay in bed.

But of real concern are public sector employees – with 83% likely to head into work when ill.

Tynan says there are two key ways a business could help to limit the impact of an employee’s sickness.

“Promote your culture of staying away when sick – it could be as simple as printing out a poster for the staff room or sending round a friendly email.

“To really tackle absence costs, employers should think about how they can help their team stay healthy at the outset, such as annual flu vaccinations.

Another really simple, inexpensive method is to provide plenty of hand sanitiser, tissues and wipes for cleaning surfaces. Other options could be activities to promote general wellness, such as an indoor sport challenge or a demonstration on healthy eating.”

The full Wellness in the Workplace 2013 survey can be found at: http://www.businessnz.org.nz/file/2561/Wellness%20in%20the%20Workplace%20Survey%202013%20Report.pdf

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: RBNZ Keeps OCR At 3.5%, Signals Slower Pace Of Future Hikes

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 3.5 percent and signalled he won’t be as aggressive with future rate hikes as previously thought as inflation remains tamer than expected. The kiwi dollar fell to a seven-month low. More>>

ALSO:

Weather: Dry Spells Take Hold In South Island

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues... for some South Island places, the current period of fine weather is quite rare. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Productivity Commission To Look At Housing Land Supply

The Productivity Commission is to expand on its housing affordability report with an investigation into improving land supply and development capacity, particularly in areas with strong population growth. More>>

ALSO:

Forestry: Man Charged After 2013 Death

Levin Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter in relation to the death of Lincoln Kidd who was killed during a tree felling operation on 19 December 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Smells Like Justice: Dairy Company Fined Over Odour

Dairy company fined over odour Dairy supply company Open Country Dairy Limited has been convicted and fined more than $35,000 for discharging objectionable odour from its Waharoa factory at the time of last year’s ”spring flush” when milk supply was high. More>>

Scoop Business: Dairy Product Prices Decline To Lowest Since July 2012

Dairy product prices dropped to the lowest level since July 2012 in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by a slump in rennet casein and butter milk powder. More>>

ALSO:

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news