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How to Avoid the Office Cold

Businesswoman having flu

With winter now in full swing, so are the cold and flu bugs that come with it. When those illnesses find their way in to your office, there’s no telling who could pass it to you next. Catching the cold or even the flu could really decrease your energy along with your productivity at work and should be avoided if possible. Here are some steps that you can take to protect yourself.

Hand sanitizer. If hand sanitizer is not available in your workplace, it should be. This is one of the biggest steps in preventing the spread of germs. Keep a small bottle of it at your desk and talk to your supervisors about having a dispenser or bottle placed in strategic locations throughout the office. That way, those who spend time in the high traffic areas of the building have the opportunity to use some.

Maintain a clean office. This sounds like a small chore, but maintaining a cleaner work space will decrease the amount of germs in your office. Make sure that the surfaces that are touched daily such as door knobs, sink handles and light switches are wiped down and disinfected daily to help reduce the spread of germs. Having these items cleaned will help reduce the chance of germs being passed from one person to another, making an overall healthier environment for all employees.

Take a sick day.  To some, taking a sick day means falling behind on work. Remember though, if you come to work knowing that you are ill, it affects your coworkers as well. The last thing you want to do if pass your sickness along to them, causing them to feel as badly as you do. Staying home for a day or two will give your body time to fight whatever bug you may have and is a better option than coming to work while being contagious and passing it along to everyone else.

Anyone who works in an office knows that when one person catches the cold or flu bug, it’s only a matter of time before it spreads. Use these tips to help protect yourself and your coworkers this winter!

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