April 30th, 2009, 9:20 AM
Swine Flu, Influenza, News & Releases
With any illness or flu, especially with the recent appearance of Swine Flu in the United States, employers should be open to the fact that their employees might become ill. What employers need to take into consideration are the concepts of "Absenteeism" and "Presenteeism." Absenteeism is when an employee doest not report to work usually due to an illness and their individual production grinds to a halt. "Presenteeism" occurs when an employee shows up for work sick and tries to function normally. Presenteeism usually results in lower individual worker output due to a tired and sick employee. Presenteeism also spreads germs to other employees resulting in sort of a chain reaction of workplace illness. Newly infected employees will contribute to the Abesenteeism and Presenteeism dynamic. The Center of Disease Control offers informative fact sheets about how to maintain a healthy workplace as well as updated information on the current Swine Flu.

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