5 Proven Ways to Prevent Flu Outbreak at Work
January and February are peak months for flu season in UK. This applies especially to big cities such as London. We encounter thousands of people in the subway, on the streets and in the office on daily basis. With average workweek of 48 hours, a person spends most of their awake time at work. The best way to stay healthy when surrounded by crowds of coughing and sniffling people is to take timely precautions, especially at the office.
Here are 5 things a wise manager can do, to prevent flu outbreak at work.
Set Firm Sickness Policy
Influenza is infectious decease caused by virus, and can lead to dangerous complications if not treated on time. A lot of employees admit they go to work while sick – thus risking slow recovery and infecting others. The manager’s job is to make sure this doesn’t happen. Send coughing and sneezing colleagues home right away, no excuses. Even if someone claims that they are capable to work, don’t let them stay in the office. Better find a way to do their job from home – this way you won’t loose their productivity but you will protect the rest of the team.
Clean Hands Policy
Our hands are the dirtiest part of the body. We touch so many different things during the day – computers, doorknobs, keyboards, office supplies, chairs, desks, phones, folders, not to mention the customary handshake with partners, or clients. Hands are the perfect carrier of germs, including flu virus bacteria. As silly as it sounds, ask your employees to wash their hands even more frequently during flu season. If you don’t feel comfortable reminding your colleagues to wash their hands, print some signs and stick them in the office bathrooms and break room.
Provide Extra Cleaning Supplies
During the flu season, make sure there are more tissues, wipes, and hand sanitizer around the office. Make sure your cleaning personnel reloads the soap dispensers and paper towels in the bathrooms every day. As we said in our previous article “5 Ways to Keep the Office Clean”, all these cleaning supplies have to be easily accessible to everyone.
Clean Desks – Less Germs
Remind your employees to regularly wipe their desks with sanitary wipes in the end of the workday. Keyboards, and phones should also be cleaned more often during the flu season – these are the items we use the most. Ask you team to avoid sharing staplers, pens, headphones and other office supplies. The more people touching one item, the bigger risk of spreading bacteria.
Regular Cleaning of the Office
Limiting the amount of dirt and bacteria in the office means limiting the possibility of flu outbreak. Nobody can do better job in keeping your workplace clean and healthy than professional office cleaning service. Arrange regular visits – at least once a week, or even more often during flu season. Good maintenance will not only make your office look nice and welcoming, but also can help creating healthier environment for you and your employees.