Flu Season At The Office

Tips To Avoid Spreading Illness

An influenza outbreak is a serious concern in the office. It costs employers around $75 billion each year in missed work and reduced productivity.

At the office, you work in close quarters and come in direct contact with others frequently, which means germs can spread easily from person to person.

The best strategy for reducing your risk of becoming ill with a virus is to avoid crowded settings and other situations that increase the risk of exposure to an infected individual. Since you must work in an environment with many others, stay healthy by observing good hygiene and distancing precautions, such as the following:

  • Stay home from work when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available).
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Then, dispose of the tissue in a no-touch trash bin.
  • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid close contact with co-workers (stay two metres away whenever possible).
  • Avoid shaking hands and always wash your hands after physical contact with others.
  • Keep frequently touched surfaces (telephones, computer keyboards, door knobs, etc.) clean.
  • Try not to use others workers' supplies, phones, computers, desks, offices, work tools, etc.
  • Minimize group meetings when possible – use email, phones and text messaging instead. If meetings are unavoidable, avoid close contact with others and ensure that the meeting rooms are properly ventilated.
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