Believe it or not, your work environment can have an enormous effect on your health. To aid you in your annual struggle against the flu, Accord Building Services has put together this list of ways to keep your office healthy and germ free.
Make sure to keep your hands clean when interacting with others, while eating, and after using the restroom. Keep bottles of dispensable hand sanitizer in common areas (receptionist desk, bathrooms, eating areas, conference rooms, etc.) and wash your hands before you eat.
Many companies choose to ramp up their cleaning services during the cold and flu season. Cleaning more often this time of year helps keep surfaces clean and germ free.
This of time the air can get stale quickly. Keep an oscillating fan on a low setting to avoid overly damp or stagnant air, where germs thrive.
Computer keyboards can actually be one of the most germ infested regions of your office. It is necessary to protect yourself and others by cleaning your keyboard as often as you can, using sanitizing wipes or specified keyboard cleaner.
Should you find yourself coming down with something, you, yourself have an obligation to keep the germs from spreading further. Many are adamant about continuing to work through an illness, but this is a dangerous attitude to have. If you feel sick enough to be contagious, or you think the day’s productivity will be affected by your sickness, it’d be best if you stayed on home.
But perhaps the best thing you can do to avoid illness this cold and flu season is to take care of yourself mentally. The link between stress and illness has long been a topic of study for many academics. It has been shown that high stress can leave you susceptible to illness. Do what you can to avoid stress: think positively, exercise, and stay productive!