Employees increasingly cite the workplace as a source of contamination of the corona virus. Occupational health service providers ArboNed and HumanCapitalCare note that when the home working advice was dropped, the percentage of reported infections more than doubled.
The percentage of infections in the workplace rose, according to figures from the service providers, working together for 1 million workers, from 10 percent at the end of September to 25 percent in the first week of November. Infections in the private sphere actually decreased.
According to the services, the reintroduction of home working advice will help prevent absenteeism. It is possible that employers can take extra measures in the workplace if working from home proves impossible.
Working from home can lead to physical or mental strain
The average absenteeism rate rose to 4.6 percent last month, from 4.2 percent a month earlier. That equates to 50,000 extra sick calls per day in October, compared to September. This is the largest increase in absenteeism since March last year. According to the health and safety service providers, the increase is also “exceptionally high” for the time of year.
Furthermore, it remains important for employers to be alert to employees for whom working from home leads to a physical or mental burden, according to the health and safety services.
Research by the Chamber of Commerce has also shown that more than one in ten entrepreneurs suffers personally from the problems they experience in times of corona.