From colds to the flu to stomach viruses, sickness is going around this season across the nation. This has prompted many employers to take a look at how cleaning, disinfecting, and sick days are handled in their company.

It’s not uncommon to encourage sick employees to stay home in order to keep germs at bay, but there are other extremely good reasons to tell your employee with the flu to stay in bed.

How Sick Employees Affect the Workplace

According to the medical director of Loyola University Health System Occupational Health Services, a sick employee in the workplace can actually affect all of the following in addition to potentially making others sick:

  • Job performance.
  • Organization.
  • Productivity.
  • Creativity.
  • Financial stability.