The flu can be a big disruption to the workplace, especially for small organizations. The flu season is responsible for the loss of approximately 17 million workdays each year in the United States. During the 2013-2014 flu season, the working population – adults 18-64 years of age – accounted for almost 60% of reported flu-related hospitalizations. Working parents of children sick with the flu who went for medical care also had between 11-73 hours of work time lost (equivalent to up about $1,456)1.
Employers have an opportunity to not only protect their employees and their families from the flu, but also increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower health care costs, and limit other negative health impacts of the flu.
Is your workplace prepared for flu season?
The Mass Health Promotion Clearinghouse maintains over 600 resources in 10 languages that cover a variety of public health topics including chronic disease prevention. Topic areas such as diabetes, wellness, nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, asthma and other health promotion topics are covered. Materials are available free-of-charge to residents, health care providers, and social service providers in the Commonwealth. Many products are available in multiple formats like flyers or pamphlets, and can be ordered in various languages. These materials are colorful and easy to use.
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Did you know that 1 in 5 Massachusetts adults struggle with depression?1 In fact, over 10% of working-aged Massachusetts adults reported 15+ days of poor mental health in the previous month!1 Why is this an issue for Massachusetts employers? We know that depression alone accounts for a 17% loss in productivity every year.2 Employees can also experience high levels of stress from demanding workloads, financial issues, and health concerns. By creating an environment to address mental health issues and providing tools and policies to manage stress, organizations can improve employee health while increasing productivity and retaining top-quality employees.