Flu-Fighting in the Workplace
So, what can you do to help fight the flu in your workplace?
- Encourage workers to get a flu shot. The CDC has found that the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of getting the flu by as much as 40-60%.
- Stock up on hygiene products. Make sure to have plenty of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disposable wipes on hand.
- Encourage clean workspaces. Routine cleaning of touched surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards and phones will help eliminate germs.
- Instruct workers on protective behaviors such as proper handwashing; cough etiquette; and avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth.
- Prepare for absences. On average over 13% of people in the United States get the flu each year, so be prepared for increased absences and cross-train employees to cover essential functions
- Advise workers to stay home if they are sick! The flu virus is highly contagious, so avoiding contact with co-workers, family and friends as much as possible reduces the chance of the virus spreading.
And if all these precautions fail and you still get the flu… try whipping up a batch of flu-fighting soup. Because, of course, you’ll be setting a good example by staying home until you’re well.
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