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Free flu shots for staff

Mark Fletcher
May 13th, 2019 · No Comments

We offered free flu shots at my office last year through a service we paid for to visit and deliver the shots. This year, we have taken a different approach, to enable people outside of the head office to engage.

This year, we are refunding the $20.00 cost of people getting a flu shot from their GP or local pharmacy. There is a GP near the office offering the $20.00 service.

We announced it last week and the response has been terrific.

Our experience last year was a reduction in downtime as a result of flu in the workplace.

I mention it today as offering the refund is a relatively low cost opportunity for employers to provide an unexpected level of care for team members. It can be a small but useful differentiator in making the workplace more appealing.

This matters in small businesses where hiring people can be a challenge. I know of plenty of businesses where they are looking for ways to compete for staff with other local businesses.

The Health Direct website, from the federal department of health, has excellent advice on flu shots.

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