#YHSafetyTips - Workplace Sickness

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Feb 01, 2017

It’s that time of the year again where everyone seems to be coming down with the flu. Being in the office around coworkers for 40 hours a week makes it difficult not to pick up their sickness and pass it back and forth. Having multiple coworkers sick at the same time is not good for business. There are many things you can do to prevent it and try to keep your employees healthy and keep the flu away. Here are some tips to keep a healthy atmosphere.

STAYING AWAY FROM GROUPS & PROMOTING PERSONAL SPACE:
When huddling around groups of people all day it is impossible to not spread those germs around. Keep distance while talking and try not to share writing utensils. Having your desk far enough apart so that you have your own space helps from spreading germs as well.

STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK:
Coming to work sick isn’t good for anyone. Sometimes employees feel the need to come in when they are sick because they don’t feel comfortable taking a sick day. Sick days are given for a reason, because everyone get sick - use them.

COVERING YOUR MOUTH/USE YOUR ELBOW:
Nobody wants to shake your hand after you sneezed it in. Keeping your hands free from germs will prevent the spreading of virus. There is a proper way to sneeze. If you must sneeze or cough, tightly press your mouth into your elbow so that germs don’t go into the air.

SANITIZING:
Germs are everywhere. Make sure you are sanitizing and washing your hands as much as you can to keep the germs away. Keeping Clorox wipes around and keeping your workspace clean can help prevent you from picking up unwanted germs.

FLU SHOTS:
Flu shots prevent 6.6 million cases of the flu and 79,000 hospitalizations every season. Making it easy for employees to have access to flu shots will help keep the sickness out of your office. Even if it’s just pointing them in the right direction of receiving the shot.

SETTING AN EXAMPLE:
According to Staples Advantage, 65% of employees are coming to work sick. As management, coming in to work sick makes it look to other employees that if your sick you should still come in and deal with it. Also, if HR is writing people up for taking off for being sick it will make your employees come in while sick spreading the flu around the office.


Following some of these tips will help you keep some germs out of the office to help prevent employees from becoming sick. Help keep your workers healthy by educating and encouraging them to keep all viruses away.

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