Friday, October 15, 2004

The Flu

Here's something interesting (to me, anyway) -- One expert from an organization called CCH Inc. (which tracks workplace trends) estimates that unscheduled absences from flu and other illnesses typically run a company about $610 a person a year. They indicate that for large companies, the tab can be as high as $1 million in unscheduled absences.

If the loss is $610 per person a year for the flu -- imagine the cost per employee for partner violence! Partner violence doesn't just happen during the winter months, and the CDC estimates that about 8.0 million days of paid work are lost each year due to intimate partner violence. That's the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs. They also say that it is nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity lost as a result of the violence.

Now -- THERE'S something I think employers should be worrying about!


Anonymous said...

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Kim Wells said...

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