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Staples survey: Eight-in-10 workers sick with the flu still come to work

BY Michael Johnsen

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Nearly 80% of office workers polled come to work even when they know they are sick — an increase of 20% over last year — according to the third annual "Flu Season Survey" from Staples. 

Survey results also show that employees could do more to keep the workplace healthy: half of office workers don’t clean their workspaces regularly and are unaware of the dirtiest surfaces in the office. As many as 51% of employees only clean their desks once a week or less, even though germs can live on surfaces like the keyboard for up to three days. And 25% believe that door knobs/handles are the dirtiest places in the office, while only 6% recognize that the break room sink is actually the dirtiest, followed by the office microwave, which only 8% selected.

For those who stay home, more than two-thirds return to work when they are still contagious. Survey findings also revealed that nearly half of workers cited their concern about completing work as the reason they don’t stay home sick. More than a quarter of respondents come to work to avoid using a sick day, even though a majority of those surveyed indicated their average productivity level while sick was only around 50%.

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NPA launches industry effort to help retailers, communities recover from Hurricane Sandy

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association last week launched an industry effort to help those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy through the creation of the NPA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. All donations to the fund can be made to the Natural Products Foundation at NaturalProductsFoundation.org/Sandy

“We want to do what we can to help the victims who have suffered from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, whether they’re our fellow citizens or fellow NPA members," stated John Shaw, NPA executive director and CEO. "We urge any store owners who suffered damage from the storm to contact the national NPA office and let us know you need help,” he said. “If you know of a store that was damaged, even if it’s not your own, please contact us. We will make sure 100% of these donations go directly to the relief agencies or the NPA retailers in need.”

Contributions to the relief fund will be disbursed to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or NPA Retailer Relief, which will help NPA member retailers who sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy.

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CastMedic Designs wins inventor competition on syndicated ‘Steve Harvey Show’

BY Michael Johnsen

GAINESVILLE, Va. — CastMedic Designs was awarded $20,000 as the winner of the "Steve’s Top Inventor" competition on the nationally syndicated "Steve Harvey Show," the company announced last week. 

The award-winning invention, chosen by Steve Harvey’s live studio audience, was designer fashion accessories for medical boots. Almost 4 million people in the U.S. will have surgery or sustain an injury and end up wearing a medical boot this year, noted company founder Christina Daves. "This first of its kind product is revolutionizing the medical industry by showing consumers that adding fashion to function when placed in bulky, unattractive medical devices brings a positive experience to the healing process," she noted.  

Earlier this year, Daves was recognized as one of the Top 200 Leading Moms in Business by StartupNation.com, the company stated. 

Prior to the airing of the competition, Daves appeared on "NBC Washington Mid-Day with Barbara Harrison." To view that segment, click here

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