If you’ve noticed a few more empty offices or cubicles than usual around your workplace, there may be a good reason. This week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported elevated flu activity in several regions of the country. Flu season in the U.S. is about to peak.
Thankfully, it doesn’t appear a major epidemic is on the horizon. However, even localized outbreaks of the flu can be highly detrimental to an organization’s operations. Each year more than 111 million work days are lost due to the flu. This equates to approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity, according to www.flu.gov. That number doesn’t even include other seasonal illnesses.
A number of measures can be taken by employers to reduce the business impact of illness. Most of these measures involve some form of persistent and effective communications with employees, suppliers, partners and other stakeholders.
With their ability to easily and rapidly send information via virtually any device to thousands of people, today’s mass notification services can be just what the doctor ordered for widespread communications such as this.