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How to Keep Sick Employees at Home

December 18th, 2017 · No Comments

It’s that time of year again, when you start to hear sneezing, coughing, and sniffles all over the office. When an employee comes into work when they’re sick, it can prolong their sickness, spread to other employees, those employees will spread it to their families, and it becomes a rapid fire sickness that everyone has.  So how can you keep sick employees home?

Try offering sick day pay. This helps the employee feel less obligated to come to work if they know they will still be able to afford the necessities in life.

If it’s possible, let them work from home. If the job or project allows it, letting an employee work from home will help them stay up-to-date with the projects they’re working on without getting others sick.

If they come in, ask them to go home. And no – this isn’t rude. Asking an employee to go home to get rest and feel better actually shows that you care about your employees. A sick employee isn’t going to work at their fullest potential when they’re blowing their nose every two minutes.

Caring for your employees will raise your employee’s overall satisfaction with the company and help retention rates.  Your employees are your greatest assets, make sure you put in the effort to keep them healthy and happy!


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