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Sick days prove costly: managing your staff

Many business owners worry about the days their employees have off when they’re not sick, but they should actually worry about the days employees come to work sick.

In an environment where work comes first at any cost, staff feel obliged to come in when they’re ill, risking a loss of productivity on an individual level, because they often take longer to get better, and company-wide, because they may spread illness to others.

Foster an environment where staff are encouraged to stay away when they are sick. If they are capable of working, give them the option to work from home by setting up an external email service and call diversion.

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Adeline Teoh

Adeline Teoh

Adeline Teoh is a journalist with more than a decade of publishing experience in the fields of business, education, travel, health, and project management. She has specialised in business since 2003.

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