Flu season is upon us, and your office is the perfect petri dish of germs that can easily spread from person to person.
Preparing for the worst flu season yet?According to Christine Elliott, Ontario's Health Minister, this flu season is expected to be ‘very difficult’ (source: CBC Online). Typically, flu season is from late fall to early spring, so make sure you take proactive steps to defend everyone in your office.
Tips to Avoid Spreading the Flu Around the Office
Tip 1 | Stay away from the office when you have the flu.
Tip 2 | Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available).
Tip 3 | Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
Tip 4 | Cover your coughs and sneezes (especially when ill with the flu) with a tissue. Then, dispose of the tissue in a no-touch trash bin.
Tip 5 | Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Tip 6 | Avoid close contact with co-workers, especially those with flu-like symptoms.
Tip 7 | Always wash your hands after making physical contact with others at the office, especially during flu season.
Tip 8 | Keep frequently touched surfaces around the office (telephones, computer keyboards, doorknobs, etc.) clean.
Tip 9 | During flu season, minimize group meetings when possible – use email, phones, and text messaging instead. If meetings are unavoidable, avoid close contact with others and ensure that the office is properly ventilated.