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Hygiene tips to reduce workplace absenteeism

Reckitt Pro Solutions has shared advice for businesses on ways to promote positive hygiene habits this winter season.

Over the past three years, Reckitt Pro Solutions acknowledges that businesses across a wide range of industries have faced challenges, from staff shortages in Victoria, through to inflation.

“In January, one of Australia’s warmest months, around 90,000 – 100,000 people are usually away from work due to sickness for an entire week,” the company adds. “However, in January 2022, we saw that number jump to around 450,000 people per week.”

Reckitt Commercial Director for Global Business Solutions EUANZ Jonathan Weiss says Reckitt Pro Solutions understands the importance of running and maintaining “holistically successful businesses, but also acknowledges there are many different factors at play”.

“Following and committing to a rigorous hygiene and cleaning program can offer businesses the opportunity to provide a better environment for staff,” he says.

Reckitt’s tips

  • Work closely alongside cleaning teams to identify high-traffic areas and hotspots within spaces, aligning on the frequency at which they need to be disinfected with efficacious and efficient products.
  • Remind employees to stay home if they are unwell.
  • Encourage and remind employees to keep their hands clean, washing their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Importance of this peaks during crucial times such as after using the restroom, following a commute and before eating.
  • If washing hands isn’t possible, encourage staff to carry hand sanitiser on their person.
  • Continuously assess the effectiveness of initiatives and programs by collecting feedback from employees, monitoring sick leave trends, and making adjustments as necessary.

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