Coming down with a nasty flu or bad bug is easy to do when you work in an office. Once an infected staff member touches an item or coughs or sneezes near you, it increases your risk of coming down with an illness, too. Luckily, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick. Read these tips for staying healthy at work from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean®.
STEER CLEAR OF SICK WORKERS
Preventing illness in your office requires each worker to be vigilant in the fight against germs. If it looks like a coworker is coming down with something, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding close contact with them. Keep your distance as much as possible to reduce your risk of getting their germs. If possible, take extra preventative steps to reduce the number of germs they spread, like placing bottles of hand sanitizer and boxes of tissues in high-traffic areas around the office.
GET SICK, GO HOME
If one of your employees feels the onset of a cold or flu coming on, encourage them to go home. Allowing them to try and work through their symptoms isn’t only unproductive, it can also let germs spread to their surrounding coworkers and cause others to become ill, too. If you feel like you’re getting sick, stay home to prevent spreading your germs to others.
PROVIDE HEALTHY SNACKS AND WATER
Healthy individual habits go a long way toward keeping a workplace healthy. Boost workplace health by providing sound snacks and water for your employees. Add a few of these items to your break room or put them in accessible locations throughout your office:
- Fresh fruit
- Granola bars, protein bars or other snack bars
- Snack-size items like crackers or pretzels
- Filtered water
- Herbal tea
- Healthy fruit juices like natural orange juice
CLEAN AND DISINFECT YOUR OFFICE
Are you a business in South Jersey, Philadelphi or Delware? Help keep your facility productive in an otherwise sickly time of year. Not only should this include prepping the facility for cold weather, it should also have steps that help keep germs to a minimum. Help reduce the number of germs in your office by cleaning and disinfecting these areas daily:
- Individual desks, including keyboards, phones and desk spaces
- Common areas like the kitchen, break rooms or conference rooms
- Bathrooms, including toilet seats, sinks and doors
- High-touch surfaces, including doorknobs and refrigerator handles
By following these steps, you can help keep your office healthy this season. If you need help cleaning and disinfecting every space to help eliminate as many germs as possible, call ServiceMaster Clean. Our commercial janitorial services are dedicated to providing the highest level of clean every time we enter your facility. With the proven processes, knowledge and expertise, we can help keep employee sickness to a minimum by creating a cleaning regimen that works for you and your business.