How to Prevent Spreading Germs at the Office

Prevent Spreading GermsFlu season is approaching, which often leads to officewide bouts of employee illness and absenteeism. The flu strain of early 2018 was one of the worst of the decade and caused numerous hospitalizations across the country. While we never quite know what to expect from each flu season, it’s best to play it safe and do what you can to minimize the spread of germs in the office. If you’d like to reduce the chances of sickness and the spread of germs, consider the following tips for keeping the workplace healthy: 

Spread the Word About the Flu Shot 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting vaccinated is the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza. Most individuals can safely get the flu vaccine, so be sure to spread the word about the shot’s effectiveness. A memo, flyer, or email can serve as a quick reminder for the entire office to get protected. 

Offer Sanitary Stations 

To prevent the flu and other illnesses, make an effort to implement sanitary practices. No-touch trash cans and soap pumps are great options, and you can also place hand sanitizer in each office. When employees have access to sanitary choices, you may find that the rates of illness are lower during flu season. 

Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home 

Even when you do everything you can to promote office health initiatives, illness may still occur. To prevent the spread of germs throughout the workplace, encourage sick employees to stay home and rest. Taking time to heal is a vital part of the recovery process, and it’ll also help keep contagious viruses or bacteria out of the office. Make it clear to each team member that it’s necessary to stay home when they’re feeling under the weather. The flu can last up to a week, so consider offering work from home days to allow employees adequate recovery time. 

Flu season has the potential to wreak havoc on the workplace. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to minimize the effect of this highly contagious illness. In addition to the tips listed here, be sure to wipe down each office on a regular basis. 

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