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3 Tips for Managing Workplace Illness

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Workplace illnesses are an overlooked problem businesses face. Whether it be flu season or a new threatening virus like the Coronavirus, employees missing work for an extended time can hurt the company. It’s important that owners not only insure their business properly, but have plans in place if something happens.

3 Tips for Managing Workplace Illness

1. Keep the workplace clean

A clean workplace is a healthy workplace. But actually keeping it clean on a daily basis can fall by the wayside. It’s important to keep desks, computers, chairs, and tables clean as much as possible. It’s okay to ask employees to do their part in keeping their own workplaces sanitary for the betterment of the company. Avoiding employee sick days will help keep steady workflow and productivity.

If employees do catch a cold, it might be better to let them stay at home – no reason to let them come in the office and spread their germs. The last thing a company needs is 3-4 people out and for the workload to pile up for the whole office.

2. Have proper coverage

People get sick, it’s a part of life. But if it’s happening to an employee more often than not, you don’t want them (or the company) to suffer financially from it. Having good disability insurance helps the employee stay financially safe when out, while a good loss control plan for key employee absences is important for companies. If a manager gets sick and is out, have a plan on who can take over the role if needed. It’s always better to be over prepared than underprepared.

3. Talk to your insurance broker on claims and questions

If you aren’t sure if your employees or business is covered for an extended workplace illness event, ask your insurance broker. Your broker is your advocate for when a coverage question or dispute arises. At Snellings Walters, we always put the well-being of our clients and their businesses first. We pride ourselves in working as an extension of your team to get your business the coverage it needs. If you have any questions about your current policies or how to better insure your business against workplace illnesses, reach out to us here, or give us a call at 770-637-1734.