The problem of presenteeism, when employees come to work even though they're sick, is an increasing concern for U.S. employers, according to a new CCH survey. Nearly half (48 percent) of the 323 HR execs surveyed said presenteeism is a problem in their organizations, up from 39 percent last year. (Read the survey at www.cch.com/press/news/2005/200510121h.asp.)
Employees aren't as productive when sick, and they spread their disease at work. To reduce presenteeism, 62 percent of employers say they send sick employees home.
Advice: If you're serious about keeping sick employees home, educate them about when to stay home and when it's safe to come to work.
Online resource: Point employees to the new FluCentral Web site, which offers a nationwide "flu-shot locator" that allows people to search for dates and locations of vaccinations within their ZIP codes. Go to www.healthline.com/flucentral.jsp.