Employee Sick Cost

Illness costs money and takes a toll in countless ways on your business.

 ExampleYour Organization
Total number of employees2,000
xx
Cost of illness absenteeism
per employee
$230$230
Total annual cost of
absenteeism due to illness
$460,000
xx
Reduction in Absenteeism20%20%
Potential Savings$92,000

Do the Math. Do the Right Thing.

Infectious diseases cost the U.S. $120 billion a year.1 On average, workplace absenteeism due to personal illness costs U.S. businesses $230 per employee.2 Two recent national studies indicate that the implementation of interventions that included surface disinfection resulted in a reduction in school absenteeism (10–15%3, 50%4). For illustrative purposes, we use 20%.


1 CDC Ounce of Prevention Campaign [April 24, 2008]

2 2005 CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey. $660 per employee; 35% due to personal illness. $660 x 35% = $231

3 Sandora TJ, Shih MC, Goldmann DA. Reducing Absenteeism from Gastrointestinal and Respiratory Illness in Elementary Students. Pediatrics. 2008;121(6):1555-62

4 Bright KR, Boone SA, Gerba CP. Occurrence of Bacteria and Viruses on Elementary Classroom Surfaces and the Potential Role of Classroom Hygiene in the Spread of Infectious Diseases. J School Nursing. 2010;26(1):33-41.