Call for protocol around snot nose at work: ‘Stay at home and test’


Employers should make it clear to their employees with a protocol about the snot nose when they can or cannot come to work. The reason: There is no ‘snot nose protocol’ and the flu is coming while the coronavirus is also around.

Occupational health and safety services ArboNed and HumanCapitalCare are arguing in favor of this idea today. The measure is intended to prevent a sharp increase in the number of flu cases and corona infections and therefore absenteeism due to illness this autumn and winter.

Absenteeism due to the snot nose has already increased

Absenteeism due to illness increased in September compared to the previous month. That’s an annual seasonal trend, when the holidays are over and the flu season begins. Time for the well-known snot nose. And according to the organizations mentioned, we cannot have them very well in corona time. In the meantime, the call for stricter corona measures is already going on. Hospital administrators sounded the alarm this weekend. IC boss Diederik Gommers did it all over again in talk show Humberto last night.

But that snot nose is also something to think about. According to company doctor Truus van Amerongen of ArboNed, last year was an exception. “Due to all the corona measures such as keeping a distance and working from home, the flu wave did not occur. The expectations for this year are very different,” she says. The health and safety services recommend compliance with the basic measures to prevent absenteeism. “So wash your hands, keep your distance, stay home if you have complaints and get tested,” says Van Amerongen.

Psychological complaints, burnout and stress

According to the health and safety services, in fifteen cases of every hundred reports of illness, employees stay at home for more than six weeks. That was ten out of a hundred last year. The impact of this is enormous for employers and employees, says Van Amerongen. Of the total number of absenteeism days, 30 percent is due to psychological complaints. “You lose those employees on average 237 days and with a burnout even 293”, says Van Amerongen.

ArboNed and HumanCapitalCare, both part of the HumanTotalCare group and jointly working for about a million workers, advise employers to be alert to signs of stress in employees. “Also, look at the ideal mix of working from home and at the office. That is different for everyone and depends on personal motivations”, says Van Amerongen. “So leave room for your own direction.”

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Call for protocol around snot nose at work: ‘Stay at home and test’