I also believe that having irritable and sick employees poses more of a financial risk than having such a program in place. Cost of Sick Days Another benefit is that psychologically, it gives the employees the ability to decompress, socialize and therefore, their productivity should go up. According to an article from DecodedScience.com, whooping cough the use of sick days, especially during cold and flu season causes losses of productivity in the US annually of $80,000,000 and the absenteeism rate goes up to 32% and the loss of profits is a staggering $17 billion dollars. To my mind, these are absolutely unacceptable losses.
As a direct result, I lost money as did my employer and I lost clients as a direct result. Health Issues Absolutely, there is a direct link between sitting at a desk all day and heart disease, stroke and other problems, not to mention back problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches