When flu season comes around, it can knock out a huge chunk of your workforce all at once. Keep your team healthy and help prevent the spread of the flu by adopting healthy habits in your workplace.
Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces
The infectious flu virus can survive on hard surfaces like doorknobs and keyboards for 24 hours, meaning that you can catch the flu a full day later!
In an office or medical facility, just think of all the things that people touch.
Conference rooms, kitchens, break rooms, and high traffic areas are prime locations where the flu virus can spread. Keep your office healthier by frequent cleaning and disinfecting in those common areas where germs are most easily transferred.
Be sure to use cleaning products that have been proven to kill the flu virus, and follow instructions closely. Using antimicrobial cleaning agents incorrectly are ineffective at best, and at worst, they can contribute to resistant strains of infectious diseases that are difficult to treat.
Keep Up With Basic Hygiene
Place hand sanitizers and tissue boxes conveniently around the office to encourage people to use them.
Make sure that your bathrooms are well stocked with antibacterial soap.
Remind your staff that it’s best to avoid touching your face and eyes if possible, and curtail the handshakes and close contact during flu season.
In fact, you might want to skip the meeting rooms during flu season, too. Packing a bunch of people into a small room encourages the spread of germs, and that’s exactly what you don’t want when the flu is going around.
Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home
Offices always say they want their sick team members to stay at home, but in many cases, sick day policies and managers pushing to meet a deadline actually make employees feel like they must come to work, even if they’re sick.
Having one employee out for a few days to recover from a flu is far less disruptive than losing large numbers of people for weeks.
In many cases, a sick employee would be willing to work remotely if that option is allowed. Instead of losing complete productivity, that person can continue to produce some work without infecting the rest of the office.
As flu season comes into full swing, make sure your employees are aware of sick day policies.
Make it clear that your priority is keeping the office healthy and preventing the spread of the flu, and try to give your team win-win solutions that allow them to still make money and you to keep sick people away from their healthy peers.