Businesses and the Workplace
Fifth Guy Campaign
We all know a Fifth Person - the guy who doesn't wash his hands, the gal who shows up at work sick, the dude who sprays us with spittle. View the PSAs below for tips on how to drop just the right hint - how to say, "Hey, stop getting us all sick." Adapted from the Florida Department of Health: http://fifthguy.com/
Remember: The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
- Seasonal Flu Guide for Community & Faith-Based Organizations (click on Tools and Resources)
- CDC: Seasonal Flu Information for Workplaces and Employees
- Posters for the Workplace
Vaccination reduces or minimizes health care, societal, and individual costs, or the productivity losses and absenteeism associated with influenza illness (Source: CDC MMWR Aug. 8, 2008).
- One national study estimated the annual economic burden of seasonal influenza in the United States (using 2003 population and dollars) to be $87.1 billion, including $10.4 billion in direct medical costs (Source: CDC MMWR Aug. 8, 2008).
- ‘Presenteeism' Mentality in the Workplace (Source: NFID)
Survey respondents cited a number of economically-driven reasons for why they feel pressured to
go to work despite being sick with the flu:
60% are concerned about work not getting done in their absence
48% feel guilty for missing work
56% or women feel guilty for missing work, as opposed to 42% of men
24% get no or minimal sick pay
36% of those with incomes of $25,000 or less are concerned about job loss
42% of those with incomes of $25,000 or less are concerned with angering their boss