Flu season is unavoidable, but by following a few safety tips, you can help reduce your employees’ risk, while reducing your business’ risk as well.
The flu season is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take the necessary steps to protect your employees and your business from the nasty virus.
Here are 5 ways that you can help keep your employees healthy and prevent the spread of the flu in your workplace:
- Encourage employees to get vaccinated.If possible, offer vaccines free of charge or for a nominal fee at your place of business. If you can’t bring the vaccine to the workplace, give your employees time during the workday to visit a local doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacies to get their shot.
- Take preventative measures. Place hand sanitizers around the office and give everyone disinfectant wipes for their desks. If your employees interact with the public, consider requiring them to wear rubber gloves.
- Offer telecommuting. If possible, allow your employees to work from home more days during the cold and flu season. The less exposure, the lower the chance of illness.
- Let sick employees stay home. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that anyone with flu-like symptoms and a temperature of 100 degrees stay home for at least 24 hours, or until their fever breaks. If employees are forced to come into work when they are sick, they won’t be very productive and you run the risk of them spreading the illness to others.
- Promote cleanliness. Routinely clean all common area surfaces, such as kitchen countertops, conference room tables, and door handles with a germ-killing solution.
For more information on how to protect yourself and your employees from the flu, visit the CDC website. (link to https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm)