Discouraging employees from coming into work when they are contagious is important. But keeping them from getting the flu in the first place is the best strategy. With that in mind, here are a few tips worth passing on to clients:
Educate employees to take the preventative step of getting a flu vaccination. Provide information on places where they can get the flu shot. The website Flu.gov is a handy online resource.
Address misplaced fears employees may have. For those who see the H1N1 vaccination as a riskier proposition than the flu itself, it may be worth noting that President Obama and the First Family received the shots.
Encourage employees who say they are too busy to get vaccinated to find the time. One option is to offer staff a few hours of paid time off to get the shot. Another might be to offer transportation to and from a vaccination clinic.