The Flu in the Workplace

This year the flu is widespread and is taking a toll on your employees. What steps should you take to fight this flu season?

1. Allow employees to work from home

  • Managers should consider being flexible with working arrangements for sick employees.

2. Encourage employees to stay at home if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms

  • This prevents the sick employee from infecting their fellow co-workers and increases productivity in the long run.
  • Ensure that your company has a sick leave policy in place. Employees should receive 3 days of paid sick leave after 90 days of employment. This leave is protected and cannot be denied.

3. Train managers to set an example

  • If managers take time off when they are sick, their direct reports will be more willing to do so.
  • Don’t make employees feel guilty for taking time off work.