I’ve published this article before, but I believe a timely reminder is always in order for the dreaded “bug” season just when many of you are going into the busiest time of your year. You can’t keep your employees from being exposed but you can take steps to lessen the effects. What you need to do is:
Practice Preventive Medicine
Money, paper money in particular, is covered with viruses, bacteria and things you don’t even want to think about. Stores can have a real staffing problem when employees get sick. So, what do you do?
Keep an "anti-bacterial wash" on the counter. These products require no rinsing and only take a few seconds to use.
Clean the telephone and register keys. Do this periodically throughout the day and definitely at the end of the night.
Equip bathrooms with anti-bacterial soap and paper towels. Stock extras during the cold and flu season. Encourage frequent hand washing.
Consider paying for flu shots for your staff. Give them time during their shift to go get it. A few dollars and an hour or two of payroll could save you a lot of lost time and productivity.
Make employees stay home when they’re sick. Infecting the rest of your staff will only cause bigger scheduling problems later on.
Everything starts with management. If the staff sees you taking care of yourself, they are more likely to do the same. Provide them with the tools and set an example. Chances are you will all have a good shot at lessening the winter illness battle.
Talk to you soon. ~Norma
"Excerpted from Whizbang Training ‘Tip of the Week`"