The common cold and seasonal flu can wreck havoc on employee productivity. For businesses, that translates into lost revenue because employees are out sick or don’t feel their best at work. Prepare your office for cold and flu season using the tips below.
- Encourage employees to get a flu vaccine shot. This is the single best way to prevent the spread of flu. Be aware that certain people shouldn’t get flu shots. Those include the very young or old and those with compromised immune systems.
- Make it easy for employees to do hand washing and hand sanitizing. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of illness in your workplace. Bring in a couple of inexpensive hand sanitizing stations for the office. Be sure your restrooms have a good supply of hand wash solution and paper towels.
- Encourage people to stay home if they have the flu. Despite the common concern many workers have of falling behind when not in the office, it is important to give employees a chance to get healthy. Let your team members know you’d rather have them miss a day than make the entire office sick. Consider finding ways that employees can do some of their work from home, if appropriate.
- Encourage employees to be flu-aware when using common areas. Today’s open offices provide more opportunities for sharing germs through open cubicle systems, break rooms, shared telephones, printers, and other facilities.
- Regularly check the flu tracking websites to know when flu season hits. Google Flu Tracker uses search data to estimate flu activity nationally, by state, and for certain cities. The CDC’s flu page offers statistical tracking of weekly flu activity.
- Ask your janitorial service to help keep the workplace healthy with green cleaning practices. Many people assume “green” cleaning is about protecting the environment, but that’s just one benefit. A core concept of green cleaning is to clean for health rather than just for appearance. This may require periodic cleaning of surfaces and carpets that “look” clean but may still harbor dirt and pathogens. Green cleaning favors the use of microfiber cleaning cloths that pick up and hold dirt more effectively. It also favors the use of high-filtration vacuums that capture more dust and germs and prevent it from leaking back into the air.
For more information on how Vanguard Cleaning Systems of the Triad can help, contact us today.