What’s the cost of a common cold


It’s Just A Cold

It seems like everyday one of your coworkers comes to work sick

Americans take great pride in not missing work in fact the average American worker only misses 4.1 days of work, out of which 3 relate to a family member illness or other reasons.

The Average American Worker Will Contract The Common Cold  3 To 4 Times Per Year

Did you know the common cold takes 7 to 10 days to run its course.  Although, people with a cold are the most contagious within the first 3 to 4 days after symptoms appear you can still spread the virus for up to 3 weeks.

The Cost Of The Common Cold

Much more than the cost of a cup of tea.

The common cold takes a toll on productivity.  When employees come to work with the cold, they report a drop in their productivity levels on average of 50% to 75%. In loss productivity alone, this equates to over $992.00 per cold.

Effect Continues

Unfortunately, the drop in the employee productivity level means other staff members  have to pickup the slack as the job still has to be done.

It’s Just A Cold

The effect on productivity of a single cold working its way through your office.

Employees Affected

Days affected by the common cold

Lost productivity dollars

According to research studies, the common cold and flu equate to 22% of the losses associated with presenteeism.  When all the cost of “It’s Just A Cold” are considered.  The cost of a single cold tips the scales at over $1,576.85

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