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Microbes vs. Flu Shot

This is not me, but it is an image of what pneumonia looks like in xray.  Despite my best efforts (flu and pneumonia vaccines are current), I succumbed to flu last weekend.  Couple that with my 56 year old asthmatic lungs, and you get pneumonia.  Or at least, I got pneumonia.  BUT- I’m still encouraging you to get your flu shot if you haven’t already. I’ve had flu and pneumonia before, and have to say that while I’ve been sick this week, the symptoms haven’t been as severe and my recovery is proceeding faster.

My one regret this week was that I hauled myself into work on Wednesday after 4 days in bed, only to realize that I was sicker than I thought and my presence only served to terrify my germ-averse coworkers. I apologize for indulging in presenteeism, and will commit to staying out of the office until I’m really on the mend.  You can download a free guide from Kronos on managing flu season at your workplace.

And speaking of health issues, the PPACA is front of mind at many organizations.  See the following articles of interest from this week:

Companies Prepare for Health Law (Wall Street Journal)

Play or Pay With Obamacare? 7 Reasons Why “Pay” Is Not the Easy Answer (TLNT)

Fast-Food Chains Cut Worker Hours, Blame Obamacare (Yahoo)

What have Kronos people been talking about this week?

Finding the Ultimate Answer ow.ly/gJf2e via @SmarterCafe

New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: ow.ly/gBaab #productivity, #labortracking, #HR, #WFM

Roll-Tide Recruiting ow.ly/gJf5f via @SmarterCafe

CIPD say employers are ‘missing a trick’ if they don’t offer older workers flexible working ow.ly/gDdC8 via @simonmacpherson

One More Cloud Resolution for 2013 ow.ly/gJf79 via @SmarterCafe

@WF_Institute at Kronos Predicts Top Trends in Workforce Management for 2013 ow.ly/gB9wp

Transformation to Managing in the Moment ow.ly/gHWUQ via @fmoreno44

Workforce Management Industry Embraces Managing in the Moment with #Kronos ow.ly/gGa99

Stop by the #Kronos booth at #NRF13 for a good cause – In lieu of give-a-ways we’ll donate $5 for every badge we scan to #SandyRelief.

Health Care Reform is here to stay. Do you have a plan? Download Mercer report: Health Care Reform After the Decision: ow.ly/gC3J4

[WHITEPAPER] Workforce Technology: Improving Productivity and Insight ow.ly/gFeRE

And here’s a sampling of interesting articles from the world of work this week:

Moving From #BigData to Real Insight ow.ly/gHxl3 via @hrbartender @sharlyn_lauby

What To Do After a Bad Job Interview ow.ly/gB7Q7 via @hrbartender

8 Awesome Resolutions You Actually Can–and Definitely Should–Keep ow.ly/gBa5e via @Inc

Help Your Workforce Make a Stress-less New Year’s Resolution ow.ly/gDdYc via @TLNT_com

It’s Passion That Blurs the Lines Separating Work and Play ow.ly/gDePM via @HealthyLiving

50 Reasons Why the World of Work Needs Blogs (in #HR) ow.ly/gFfsm via @blogging4jobs

How’s Your Job? Which Professions Are Prospering ow.ly/gHvEP via @WSJ

60% of Employees Haven’t Gotten Useful Feedback From Boss in 6 Months ow.ly/gHxIE via @blogging4jobs

How to Develop a Culture of Innovation ow.ly/gHA8S via @TIMEBusiness

Sick Yet? Managing Through H1N1 Season

As more and more of our friends and neighbors are experiencing the effects of the H1N1 virus, we thought we’d weigh in with some tips of our own.

As the flu season has unfolded, we’ve been receiving a variety of questions from our customers related to H1N1.  Because we sell data collection devices (time clocks) through which over 30 million people per day clock their time,  many of our customers are asking about strategies to reduce worker infection when many people are punching in and out through the same device.  In addition, customers are asking how to use our software to track absences specific to H1NI.  We created this resource guide to compile answers to these and other questions.  In addition to the resources listed in the above referenced resource guide, there are excellent recommendations in these OSHA and SHRM sites related to prevention, presenteeism and FMLA compliance.

I’ve written a few posts in the past related to presenteeism; i.e. sick workers coming to work and negatively impacting the productivity of their co-workers.   This phenomenon can affect all employers, some of whom still make it hard for sick workers to stay away.  See this story on Walmart demerits for sick employees.  This story is followed by over 100 comments from employees with similar stories to tell.

What’s your employer doing to minimize the impact of H1N1?

The Domino’s Effect – Presenteeism Among Food Handlers

While Domino’s has been in the news this week due to the unfortunate video hijinks of a couple of their workers in North Carolina, the issue of sick food handlers is one of serious and ongoing concern according to our board member, David Creelman who submitted the following food for thought:

Here is a big issue for organizations who have large numbers of workers who handle food (e.g. hospitality industry, food processing etc.)  A ground breaking study by Toronto Public Health found that “between 20 per cent and 40 per cent of food-borne illnesses in restaurants can be traced to sick food handlers who transfer bacteria to diners through the food they prepare.”  About 6% of Toronto’s citizens get sick every year due to sick food handlers — that’s a big public health issue.

This is clearly an HR issue since the main reason sick food handlers come to work is that they feel they can’t afford to take a day off sick.

No doubt this study will lead governments at all levels to get worried about companies who let sick food handlers come to work; so HR leaders had better be prepared to deal with the issue pro-actively.

The story on this study appeared in the Toronto Star
www.thestar.com/article/619941

Just to add a bit of colour to this story, if you are the sort of person who routinely eats in the world’s top 10 restaurants you will no doubt be aware that the Fat Duck in London recently had to shut down when many diners became ill.  One suspected cause for the outbreak of illness was that customers picked up a bug from sick staff.