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10 Ways HIV or Aids can impact your workforce and business

The month of Aids awareness is around the corner. Here's a list of ten ways HIV or Aids can affect your business if you don't do something about it.

You only need to read the statistics about the impact of HIV and Aids on workforces to see that its something you need to worry about as an employer

10 Ways HIV or Aids can impact your workforce and business

  • Decrease in productivity and profitability. If your employees are sick, they wont work as quickly or effectively. This lack of productivity will affect your bottom line;
  • Decrease in turnover, as a knock on effect from the point above;
  • Increase in product cost, as labour costs go up because you have to pay overtime or casual workers to produce, while still paying for the employee on sick leave;
  • Increased stress for you, your managers and your employees. Healthy employees will have to pick up the slack from those off sick. Your managers will have the added stress of managing their employees workloads and you have the stress of managing your businesses profitability;
  • Increased medical aid costs for your staff;
  • Increase in labour turnover, as your sick staff may leave or pass away;
  • Four more ways HIV or Aids can impact your workforce

  • Loss of critical skills. Your top performing employee may fall ill or even pass away;
  • Costly re-employment of staff;
  • Loss of man hours due to days off for funerals; and
  • Increased sick leave. Your employees may need more than their allocated sick leave, which costs your business as you will have a smaller workforce.
When looking at these impacts, you can now see that HIV and Aids can cost your business a lot - both directly and indirectly. So it's clear you need to do something about HIV and Aids in the context of your workplace and understand the legal issues you'll face. Your starting point should be to have an HIV/ Aids policy in place

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