During the flu season, you might worry about you or others in the office getting sick due to germs being spread. After all, it's not surprising that germs can be shared in an office setting where there are a lot of people working and handling the same telephones, computers and other items on a daily basis. Luckily, though, following these three tips can help prevent the spreading of germs during flu season and all year long.
1. Focus on Frequent Office Cleaning
First of all, making sure that your office is kept as clean as possible can help prevent the spreading of germs. For example, ensuring that the bathroom and all other shared spaces are cleaned often can help kill germs as well as making the office look and smell a whole lot better. You can hire an office cleaning company (like Miracle Maids Inc.) to come in on a regular basis, such as daily or weekly, to clean your office thoroughly and to sanitize all of the surfaces.
2. Encourage Employees to Stay Home When They're Sick
One important step that your office can take to reduce the spreading of germs and sickness is to encourage employees to stay home when they are sick. Yes, it can cut down on productivity to have fewer people in the office working, but this can become even more of a problem if one sick employee gets everyone else in the office sick. Some workplaces do not do a very good job of encouraging their employees to stay home when they aren't feeling well, so taking steps to ensure that your employees know that they will not get in trouble for doing so -- and offering sick days for employees so that they do not have to worry about the financial implications of missing work due to being sick -- is important.
3. Make Sure Hand Sanitizer is Easily Accessible
Simply using hand sanitizer during the day can help you prevent spreading germs from your hands to your face. Hand sanitizer can be purchased cheaply in bulk, and placing it throughout the office -- particularly in communal areas like the area near the copier and in the break room -- can help encourage its use, therefore cutting down on the spreading of germs.
As you can see, if you are worried about germs being spread throughout your office this flu season, implementing a few steps can help you reduce this risk.