There’s no denying it, Hand Hygiene is important. And not just from a personal point of view. The cost of poor hygiene really adds up.
A 2016 study found that on average employees took 9.5 days of sick leave a year. The estimated cost per employee per day of being sick was $340, that works to be around $3,230 dollars lost per employee per year. That’s a lot of extra capital that you could be spending elsewhere. Absenteeism rates in Australia are estimated to be around 5% – 7%. To put this in another perspective, this means that for every 20 employees you pay and hire, you lose one. If you’re a large office with 100+ employees, your losing 5 workers for a year. That’s a whole department and then some not working for you for 12 months. It’s no wonder sick leave then is so disruptive to businesses.
How do we reduce this though?
An American study of some 1300 workers across 13 months, found that a Hand Hygiene program that included education and alcoholic sanitisers reduced hygiene related health care claims by 20%. Another study from Norway looked at the effects of regular cleaning in the office, and noted that a quality cleaning system reduced abseentism by 12.5%.
Furthermore, studies also showed that offices that were cleaned regularly and also had sanitiser and desk wipes had employees who reported much higher satisfaction with their company. In fact employees from businesses with Hygiene products were reported to be more satisfied with their companies than those with other amenities (such as filtered water, free soft drink and food etc).
Clearly proper hygiene in your workplace has a significant impact upon the revenue of your business. The less time employees spend being unwell, the less money is lost. Furthermore, employees who are in a clean environment, are more productive employees. At Flick, we understand this. Not only do we have a range of products to ensure your bathrooms stay sparkling fresh, we also offer specific hand hygiene products, including alcoholic sanitisers for your bathrooms, to help keep employees germ and sick day free.
Call us on 13 14 40 to discuss how we can help you tackle employee hand hygiene.