Staffing shortages remain a major concern. Protect your business by reducing staff absenteeism | Opinion

COVID-19 has impacted our businesses and lives longer than most people anticipated.

Even with the strides that have been made, safety measures, and science advancements, the novel coronavirus and its ripple effects are still impeding companies worldwide.

Here at home, the U.S. is experiencing an unprecedented staffing shortage across the country in industry silos including healthcare, manufacturing, food, tourism and more.

Each community has its own concept of why that is – wages, J-Visas, stipends, housing shortages, unemployment programs – but we know that if you have staff, you can’t afford to lose them.

Cleaning, disinfecting, and keeping your distance are all great measures to stay healthy, but it may not be enough to keep your business staffed and your doors fully open.

According to a study by the Integrated Benefits Institute, “Due to lost time from work caused by COVID-19, employee benefits for absent workers could cost employers more than $23 billion in total.”

To alleviate the problem Tennessee businesses have taken measures such as shortening their operating hours, closing for certain days of the week, or opening as usual with minimal staff but then dealing with obvious delays in service.

This is not all new as Tennessee public schools and businesses have dealt with lack of staff even prior to the pandemic because of the annual flu and other viruses. No matter the pathogen or the year, the impact of staff absenteeism needs to be addressed and fixed.

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A proven solution

CASPR (Continuous Air & Surface Pathogen Reduction) Group has an independently tested technology and a proactive solution originally designed for hospitals, which can also be used safely in any business. Its continuous disinfecting properties are scientifically proven to reduce staff absenteeism.

In a hospital trial, CASPR’s products were installed in the HVAC system and supplied a continuous application of low levels of oxidizing molecules over a four-month period. It created healthier air to breathe and cleaner surfaces for staff and patients.

Christophe Suchy
Christophe Suchy

Compared to the previous year, there was a reduction from 1,313 absentee hours to 762 hours. Bottom line: that is a 44% improvement. As an added benefit, once installed, the solution required zero maintenance from the staff.

In addition, the hospital was able to eliminate other labor and contract maintenance costs, plus shorten their hospital room turnover time by 30 minutes.

For short-staffed hospitals, businesses, schools, and companies, the value goes beyond reducing employee absenteeism.

There is also a reduction in the costs associated with enhanced disinfecting protocols that require staff time to operate, hiring outside labor, and purchasing cleaning supplies.

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A need for innovation

CASPR Group has benefits beyond neutralizing up to 99.96% of the viruses, bacteria, mold, odors, and other volatile organic compounds simultaneously in the air and on surfaces. It allows crippled businesses to function better by solving the largest problem first: staff absenteeism.

When working environments are diverse, finding a “one-size-fits-all” product is difficult, time consuming and it’s not going to come from periodic treatments that come in a spray bottle or a mister.

CASPR is an innovative “no-touch” disinfection technology that utilizes a Natural Catalytic Conversion™ (NCC) to create safe levels of gaseous hydrogen peroxide out of ambient humidity and oxygen in the air. CASPR’s technology recreates what naturally happens outdoors.

By filling up space with oxidized air and blanketing all surfaces, CASPR provides that added protection and peace of mind, so businesses can get back to work.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Staffing shortages extreme concern for Tennessee's businesses