Flu season is upon us and, as you know, it only takes one sick employee to infect the entire office. While there are preventive measures we can take on a personal level and at home, exposure in the workplace is often overlooked and can be a common way of contracting the flu. Take a look as these tips from JaniTek to help your employees maintain a healthy work environment this year. The holiday season is a joyous time, so let’s take the necessary precautions to keep your workplace a flu-free zone.
Stay home if you are sick
While we admire your work ethic, please stay home if you are sick. Close contact with others is the easiest way of transmitting the flu and the only solution is removing yourself from contact with others. Employees who have preexisting medical conditions, young children at home or who live with the elderly will thank you.
As the saying goes: Say it don’t spray it. Covering you nose or mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough will help prevent the spreading of germs. Even if you do not feel sick, it’s still a good idea to cover your mouth. Viruses such as the flu can lie dormant before revealing themselves with their debilitating symptoms. Be on the safe side and “cover up” regardless.
Avoid touching your face
Facial orifices such as eyes, the nose and mouth are the preferred gateways for germs looking to invade. At work, it is common to touch desks, tables, shared utensils, coffee pot handles and other objects handled by a large number of people. Practice regular hand washing and, if possible, wipe your work station down with germ-killing wipes periodically.
A wholesome diet, plenty of sleep, good hygiene and exercise are the flu’s worst enemy. Avoid extreme stress and tiredness to keep your immune system in top condition and less susceptible to infection.