Avoiding the Flu at the Office: Part I

washing hands with soap and running waterOutdoor temperatures are continuing to drop, which means cold and flu season is upon us. The CDC estimates that up to one-fifth of the US population will get the flu this season, so it’s time to start preparing. The following are some tips to help you and your employees stay healthy and avoid the flu this season from our commercial specialty cleaners in Denver, CO.

Get the flu shot.
Seasonal flu vaccines protect against the three most common influenza viruses. Remind your employees that they are not only protecting themselves by getting the flu shot, but they are also being considerate of others.

Wash your hands properly several times a day.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people do not wash their hands when they should. Even the Start button on the copier is enough to bring you in contact with the flu virus. Wash your hands several times a day with soap and warm water for 15 seconds.

Maintain a supply of tissues, hand sanitizer, and cough drops.
Even if you aren’t sick, you can protect yourself and others by keeping these items on-hand.

Encourage sick employees to stay home.

  • Some team members may feel uncomfortable taking sick days, even if they are truly sick. As a leader, it is your job to make sure employees know that they should stay home when they are contagious.