How a Fortune 1000 company reduced employee absenteeism by 13%

How a Fortune 1000 Health Insurance Company Reduced Employee Absenteeism by 13%

Tom Wojtkun


By Thom Wojtkun

National Account Director, Commercial Real Estate

Medical Mutual of Ohio (MMO), a Fortune 1000 health insurance company, implemented the PURELL™ Advanced Workforce Solution at its offices. In a peer-reviewed outcome study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers analyzed insurance claims, attendance data and employee surveys to quantify the impact of a comprehensive hand hygiene program.

Overview: Intervention Design, Implementation and Results

The study used two intervention sites and a control site to evaluate the impact of the PURELL Advanced Workforce Solution™—a comprehensive hand hygiene program for office environments. The two intervention sites were outfitted with hand hygiene amenities, including PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes, throughout the building. These gave MMO employees ample opportunity to keep their hands clean and sanitized throughout the work day.

The effects of this hand hygiene intervention were studied over a 13-month period. Researchers found during the study period, employees in the intervention group filed 24% fewer healthcare claims related to hand hygiene-preventable illnesses, compared to employees in the control group. Additionally, employee absenteeism rates within the intervention group were reduced by more than 13% compared to the year prior to the study.

These results re-affirm what we already know: hand hygiene is one of the best preventive measures people can take to reduce their risk of getting sick. By making products such as PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer available in the office, the study found a company can help employees stay healthy by practicing good hand hygiene. Employees at MMO agree: almost 90% of workers in the intervention group said they liked the PURELL™ products, and 80% said they viewed their employer more positively because of the program.

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The Three Tiers of Office Hand Hygiene

The PURELL Advanced Workforce Solution™ makes trusted hand hygiene products available in all areas where direct or indirect person-to-person contact leads to a higher likelihood of germ transmission. The hand hygiene intervention was broken into three tiers:

  1. Restrooms: PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer is placed outside the restroom exits to help ensure that everyone cleans their hands before heading back to work areas.
  2. High-Touch Areas: PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer is deployed throughout a building’s common areas—especially high-touch areas such as the breakroom, cafeteria, lobbies and meeting rooms.
  3. Employee Work Stations: PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes are made available for personal use throughout employee work areas.

Learn More About the MMO Study and the PURELL™ Advanced Workforce Solution

Read the full text of the peer-reviewed study: Impact of a Comprehensive Workplace Hand Hygiene Program on Employer Health Care Insurance Claims and Costs, Absenteeism, and Employee Perceptions and Practices.

Learn more about the PURELL Advanced Workforce Solution™ for commercial offices.

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