Manage a year’s worth of seasonal distractions

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sick businessmanSure, the holidays are over—but January is simply the start of another year of holidays, vacations and seasonal celebrations that can divert employees’ attention from their work, invite unscheduled absences and affect productivity.

Your best bet: Head off problems by anticipating extra absences and distractions. Here are 12 unofficial “holidays” that staff will likely observe—even if they aren’t on the calendar.

January: Flu! Achoo!

Sometimes a little absenteeism is a good thing, especially when the health of co-workers is at stake. A Kimberly-Clark Professional survey found that 59% of people go to work when they’re sick. Thirty percent said they were so important, they couldn’t skip a day! Result: They infect others with contagious illness such as the flu.

Tip: Insist that employees with the flu stay away until 24 hours after their symptoms have subsided.

February: Love is in the air

Some polls show as many as 59% of emplo...(register to read more)

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