You know flu season is coming when the cold weather starts creeping in. Keep your office healthy with these 4 tips!
#1 Help employees eat clean.
You may not be able to control what team members eat, but you can help to promote health immune systems by providing healthy alternatives to office snacks and lunches. Instead of ordering pizza or or having sodas in the vending machines, consider offering to have a healthy option delivered for office lunch and having tea bags in the break room. Hot tea can be a natural immunity booster in itself and helps those who are already feeling symptoms recover more rapidly.
#2 Send a memo.
Though this may seem a bit overboard to some, a brief email to your staff about hygiene, sick leave, and reminding everyone to stay home if they have flu symptoms can mean the difference between an office full of sniffles and an office full of smiles. While some employees will always be more inclined to take advantage of sick days, some may feel guilty taking time away from work due to the sniffles. Hearing from their employer that you have their health and well being in mind can go a long way.
#3 Clean daily.
Keep antibacterial household cleaners on hand so that each day staff can wipe down keyboards, phones, door handles and light switches. Disinfectant wipes and sprays are easy to use and very affordable. Tea cups and kitchen ware should be washed everyday with dish soap and dried off before placing back in a cabinet.
#4 Hand Sanitizer & Tissues
Provide hand sanitizer throughout your office so that it is in plain sight of all employees. People are more likely to use it where it can be seen such as at their work stations or in high traffic areas. Encourage employees to wash hands every time they use the bathroom and to use the hand sanitizer after sneezing/coughing. Hand sanitizer is proven to reduce germs spread by individuals, especially the common cold and flu.
I think we'll all agree that there’s nothing worse than an office full of sick people. While you can’t guarantee that your employees won't catch the flu this time of year, you can provide support and health insurance they need so that if they become ill, they’ll take their sickness to the doctor’s office instead of the workplace.
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