If you’re local to the St. Louis area, you’re probably well aware of the following facts: We’re right in the middle of flu and cold season This year’s influenza shot seems to be having no effect on keeping this particularly bad strain of the flu away In any public area, you can probably hear at least half of the people around you coughing, sneezing, or sniffling These facts are well-known among our team at Woodard! About halfway through the month of December, we noticed an uptick in our employees suffering from cold and flu symptoms. We even had 3 confirmed cases of influenza in our sales team alone! Between all the coughing, sneezing, sniffling, raspy voices, and body aches, our productivity level as a whole was starting to dwindle. We had several people missing hours of work for urgent care/doctor visits and others losing full days at the office due to severe flu symptoms. Other employees were loaded up on cold medicine in an attempt to fight through their stuffed noses and sinus pressure. All of these symptoms swept through our office in a matter of a few days, and our executive team knew that something had to be done. Thus, we enlisted the help of our proprietary Disinfection Services system, treating our entire office for pathogen protection. In just 2 hours, we were able to spray our 19,000 sqft facility, giving us the confidence that all existing pathogens were killed within minutes. In the spirit of total transparency, we haven’t heard of any new cases of illness among our team since we treated our facility. All existing personnel with symptoms have been medically treated and are starting to recover, and the best part of this system is that we’re not seeing any new staff suffering! In 2012, Forbes published an article citing the Integrated Benefits Institute, which represents major U.S. employers, with relation to productivity and profit lost due to employee illness. According to their report, $227 billion in costs is, “from ‘lost productivity’ from employee absenteeism due to illness or what researchers called ‘presenteeism,’ when employees report to work but illness keeps them from performing at their best.” (Forbes.com) We’ve all heard the recent news reports saying that the active strain of the flu going around right now is one of the worst in history and that the flu shot is ineffective against it; protect your team and productivity by having your facility treated with our cost-effective Disinfection Services™ system before it’s too late! Curious about how our disinfection services? The system is applied using an electrostatic mister, which lightly coats every surface in an environment with these protective agents, killing bacteria immediately and providing residual protection. Within minutes (if treating a few hundred square feet) or hours (if treating several thousand square feet), an entire area can be treated. The product is completely safe for humans and pets, and can be used to treat against all pathogens, including those that are resistant to antibiotics. This is a cost-effective way to protect your space – in no time at all we can spray every square inch of your building, killing all pathogens and leaving you to focus on the important things! If you’re interested in learning more about the Woodard Disinfection Services system or would like to schedule a treatment for your home or business, complete our inquiry form or call (314) 227-7077!