Helping staff stay healthy.
Foster a healthy environment. Make sure ill employees feel comfortable asking to leave the workplace or, better yet, not reporting to work in the first place.
Set a good example. Urge managers not to show up at work with the flu, as employees may view the message to stay home as lip service.
Set guidelines and make them visible to employees. Help them understand under what conditions they should stay home, and when it's safe to return to work.
Review absence-control policies to ensure that they are not counter-productive. Assess policies to ensure that they are not making ill employees feel required to report to work.
Post helpful tips on how to avoid spreading germs. For example, use the guidance offered on the Centers for Disease Control Web site: www.cdc.gov/germstopper/work.htm.
Work with your employees and facilities group to keep common areas clean. This may even include cleaning conference rooms between meetings.