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I f you're struggling like we were to convince your employees to get flu shots, you might want to follow our creative solution — make influenza vaccination a condition of a pay raise. That's right: To be eligi- ble for annual salary increases, staff members must either be vaccinated or submit requests for legitimate reli- gious or health exemptions. We didn't want to make vaccina- tion a condition of employment, but we were struggling to convince more employees to get flu shots. During the 2011-2012 flu season, our success rates were only 65% and 71%. We asked ourselves, "If get- ting vaccinated is the right thing to do for our patients, why don't we have higher participation levels?" Before we tied flu shots to pay- checks, we tried a different approach that didn't work nearly as well. We told staff members they either had to get vaccinated or wear masks during influenza season every time they were within 6 feet of others. Our success rate actually zoomed up to 89%, but the masks were a problem. Staff morale suf- fered (they viewed the masks as punitive), compliance was difficult to monitor, masks were often worn inappropriately and anecdotal evi- dence suggested that overall com- pliance was low. We also knew that evidence supporting the value of masks in preventing the spread of MONEY TALKS How to Convince Your Staff to Get Flu $hots FLU SEASON Ever consider linking influenza vaccinations to salary increases? IDEAS That Work O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 2 0

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