Domestic and General to save £42,000 by offering flu jabs to staff

Domestic and General is aiming to save over £42,000 this winter by offering flu vaccinations to its employees.

Research from its HR team showed that between 1 September 2010 and 31 March 2011, a total of 400 employees were absent due to cold and flu-related illnesses.

This represented 5,292 lost working hours and accounted for 16% of all absences, with flu being the number one reason given by employees.

The flu jabs, which have been allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis to staff who have not been eligible for free jabs from their GPs, have been communicated using emails and posters in the staff break-out areas.

David Colley, senior HR advisor at Domestic and General, said: “This is the first time we have run an initiative like this, but after a speculative email from a vaccine provider, we decided to do some research to see if there could potentially be any demand for jabs through work.

“We found that, last year, 16% of all reported sickness absence to the call centre was as a result of colds and flu. We had to put together a financial case using this information, to show how beneficial a vaccination programme would be to the business.

“We looked at how much money we could potentially save in the long run, and also conducted a staff survey to find out if employees would be interested. We had 125 responses really quickly, so this determined that we needed to schedule in two full days for a nurse to come in.”

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Domestic and General has been focusing on the health and wellbeing of its staff since 2008, when it began running its Wellness Wednesday initiative. The programme includes activities such as a Weight Watchers visit, occupational therapy, Zumba classes, and Nintendo Wii Fit sessions.

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