— Let sick employees know you care about their health and well being. Either call them or send a note letting them know you are thinking of them or send a care package to let them know you hope they get better soon.
Some larger firms even have child-care services that have separate facilities for sick children. This enables parents to have a place to take their children so they won't have to miss work if their children are sick.
The flu season should prompt employers to evaluate their policies for sicknesses at work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that nearly 80 percent of full-time employees do have paid sick leave, but only 25 percent of part-timers are offered sick leave, and most self-employed workers and contract workers do not have paid-leave benefits. This means that many of them may be going to work when sick. This raises many questions for employers as to how to best manage their workplaces to ensure they are healthy, yet at the same time, productive.
Russell is the vice dean and the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience coaching executives and consulting on leadership and career management.