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Cold and Flu Season Is Here

By Kathi Fuhrman
October 29, 2014

Your staff is an invaluable piece to keeping your organization running smoothly. This cold and flu season protect your valuable assets by keeping your staff happy and healthy. It seems that as soon as one person falls ill, the rest of the office is sure to follow. Luckily, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can help minimize the sick days.

#1: Get Vaccinated

Flu season often reaches its peak between December and February, but can last from October to May, according to the health experts at the CDC. Encourage your staff to get vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine becomes available. Check with your insurance company and local health providers to find the most affordable vaccine options.

#2: Wash Those Hands

Cold and flu germs spread easily through contact. Make it simple for your staff to practice good hygiene by keeping the bathrooms stocked with antibacterial hand soap, paper towels, tissues and clean wastebaskets. Gently remind your staff that washing your hands is best way to combat cold and flu season.

#3: Institute Clean Office Practices

It is impossible to kill every germ in the office, but you can promote a healthy environment. Provide your staff with tissues and waste baskets. Keep hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes in high traffic areas such as the lobby and meeting areas, suggests the office culture experts at Entrepreneur.

#4: Consider a Work from Home Option

Providing a work from home option can help keep your organization fully operational even if people begin to feel under the weather. If staff members begin to feel ill (but not so sick that they should not be working), keeping them home may be the best of both worlds. Staff members can continue to make headway on work projects without spreading germs. Encourage rest and lots of fluids to prevent a day of feeling under the weather from becoming several days of being sick.

#5: Consider a Healthy Living Challenge

Sticking to a good nutrition plan and getting plenty of exercise is the best thing you can do for your overall health. Turn healthy living into a fun challenge for your staff. Corporate Wellness Magazine suggests a number of wellness challenges perfect for nearly every workplace.

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