In addition to the ongoing threats of Covid, the holiday season is upon us, which means cold and flu season is making its waves. Productivity and workflow can all be hindered with a cold or flu circulating in your office. It can be hard to keep up with one of the busiest seasons for some industries with multiple people calling out sick each month. The best ways to keep you and your staff safe from the holiday season ick can keep your business running at top efficiency is educating yourself. Today, we at Baker Sandoval Cleaning would like to offer some easy tips to help you keep your office safe from the cold and flu.
How to Prevent Spread of Cold & Flu Germs
1) Encourage Sick People to Stay Home. You are preventing more of the staff from falling ill by encouraging one sick staff member to stay home. It is much more feasible than having an almost empty office for a month than having a slight inconvenience of losing one helping hand for up to a week. Not only through direct contact with an ill individual, but a cold can also spread through the air according to the CDC. The importance of a staff member staying home when sick is further demonstrated. When the pandemic struck, offices found a satisfactory telecommute working module. For the cold and flu season, you can reenlist this module if your office has returned to work in the office. You may be able to let them work from home if a staff member is sick but still feels up to working.
2) Provide Sanitizing Products. Like spray disinfectant and hand sanitizer, could save you from a huge office sick day, offer staff members individual sanitizing products. Place hand sanitizer and spray disinfectant on every desk in the office at the start of the cold and flu season. To keep their stations free from germs as well as communal spaces, your staff is better protected. When attempting to implement new office protocols, convenience is everything. The best way to encourage these practices is providing each staff member with their own sanitizing products. Also, most spray disinfectants kill 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
3) Frequent Handwashing Needs to be Promoted. People don’t wash their hands often enough, and this tip may seem like a no-brainer, but this one of the many things Covid taught us. Ensuring that all soap dispensers are full at all times is one of the best ways to promote frequent handwashing. Putting up signs around the office is another way you can encourage. In addition to “please wash your hands,” consider including some scientific facts to the sign that emphasize the importance of handwashing. The Importance of Handwashing. Below are a few facts you can include to motivate regular handwashing in the workplace.
~ We could prevent an estimate of a million deaths each year, if the population routinely washed their hands, according to London Researchers.
~ Through the act of handwashing, Respiratory infections can be reduced by 16%.
~ By washing hands with soap and water, diarrheal disease-associated deaths are estimated to be reduced up to 50%.