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- A <a href='http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/health-at-work.pdf'>recent government review</a> performed by the UK government has estimated, at least in the UK, that sickness (as measured by productivity losses associated with absence) costs the UK economy $24b per year and employers (as measured by sick pay) $14.5b per year.
+ Frankly I'm tired of being surrounded by sick people in the workplace coughing on me and my keyboard, putting their germ-infested hands into the M&M bowl, not covering their mouths when they sneeze and leaving dirty used facial tissue on their desk. It is disgusting. But worse than that, it inevitably leads to me getting sick and the other three people sitting near them.
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- Now colds and the flu are <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus">viruses</a> that are spread primarily in groups of humans through contact. They are typically picked up by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_cold#Transmission">direct contact</a> and subsequently lead to infection.
+ A <a href='http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/health-at-work.pdf'>recent government review</a> performed by the UK government has estimated, at least in the UK, that sickness (as measured by productivity losses associated with absence) costs the UK economy $24b per year and employers (as measured by sick pay) $14.5b per year. An <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12227674">even older US study</a> performed in 2002 estimated the productivity costs to be $25b on the US economy.
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+ So not only is it gross when a person is hacking up mucus next to you, it also has fairly significant consequences on the productivity of the organization and the economy. Its a fairly broad problem, with a relatively straightforward solution. It has obviously been having strong effects if recommendations have been around since World War II.
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- The general recommendation is to stay 6 feet away from a sick person as droplets of moisture ejected when a sick person coughs or sneezes might be present in the surrounding air. It is also recommended to not touch anything that person touches, not come into contact with their skin (or nose/mouth) and especially not to share food. A sick person should cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze. These recommendations have been around since World War II (as seen above).
+ Now colds and the flu are <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus">viruses</a> that are spread primarily in groups of humans through contact. They are typically picked up by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_cold#Transmission">direct contact</a> and subsequently lead to infection.
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+ The general recommendation is to stay 6 feet away from a sick person as droplets of moisture ejected when a sick person coughs or sneezes might be present in the surrounding air. It is also recommended to not touch anything that person touches, not come into contact with their skin (or nose/mouth) and especially not to share food. A sick person should cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze.
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The correlation is pretty obvious. Sick people coming to the office spread the illness and infect others. In most office environments I've been in, the number of people that fall ill after one person gets sick is generally greater than 1 (i.e. no office have I been to has contained a virus). As each person who is sick becomes less productive and then ultimately spends a day or two at home, it ends up being a pretty big burden on the company.
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- Thankfully more and more workplaces are adopting clear policies and providing strong recommendations for sick employees to stay home when they're sick. Sick employees that need to complete work or have pressing deadlines are being given the tools to be able to work from home without infecting others. More sick people should do this when they're sick.
+ If the correlation is so obvious, then why do people still come to the office when they're coughing up a lung? Because <strong>unfortunately, there is a still a strong perverse culture that equates staying at home when sick with weakness</strong>. This is a flawed belief and should be questioned. Given that we have the tools now to complete most tasks from home, there is no strong reason to compel people to come to the workplace.
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- Meetings can usually be dialled into via conference calls. VPNs, Google Docs and other network interfaces allow for access to relevant work related documents. Collaboration tools are generally available on the internet and via the browser. More and more employees are issued with laptops, and if not, can configure their home computer to work remotely.
+ Thankfully more and more workplaces are adopting clear policies and providing strong recommendations for sick employees to stay home when they're sick. Sick employees that need to complete work or have pressing deadlines are being given the tools to be able to work from home without infecting others.
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- Unfortunately, there is a still a strong perverse culture that equates staying at home when sick with weakness. This is a flawed belief and should be questioned. Given that we have the tools now to complete most tasks from home, there is no strong reason to compel people to come to the workplace.
+ Meetings can usually be dialled into via conference calls. VPNs, Google Docs and other network interfaces allow for access to relevant work related documents. Collaboration tools are generally available on the internet and via the browser. More and more employees are issued with laptops, and if not, can configure their home computer to work remotely.
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