A Clean Laptop Monitor Means a Productive Work Day

Sixty percent of the 1,500 U.S. workers in an October 2014 Staples survey said they’d go to work with flu – Laura McMullen, US News

 

You wake up in the morning sweating, with an aching body and a sore throat. You suspect you’ve caught that terrible flu that’s been making its way around.

What do you do?

If you’re lucky enough to work for a company that offers paid sick leave as an employment benefit, then it’s a no brainer. You call your boss, explain your situation, pop a couple of painkillers and crawl back under the covers.

However, if you’re like millions of other Americans not eligible for paid sick leave, being unable to work due to illness simply means you don’t get paid.

The Truth about Sick Leave in the USA

A whopping 70% of part-time employees are not paid sick leave.  In addition, almost 25% of American adults have lost, or been threatened with losing, their job for taking time off to recover from an illness or to look after a sick family member.

No wonder so many people are putting their own health, and the health of others, at risk by going to work sick.

How Does a Clean Laptop Monitor Mean a Productive Work Day?

Well, it’s pretty simple. A clean and sanitary working environment is going to reduce the transmission of contagious illnesses.

The less likely you are to come into contact with germs and viruses, the healthier you will be and the more productive you will be at work.

Here are five simple rules to implement in any workplace to promote good health and wellbeing.

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1. Stay Home if you Feel Unwell

If you think you may have caught the flu don’t go anywhere! Every sneeze or cough releases germs into the air, which can fly up to six feet.

It takes on average three to five days to get over a flu, sometimes even longer. It is recommended that you wait at least 24 hours after any fevers or chills are gone before returning to work.

2. Regularly Use Antibacterial Wipes

Did you know that you can catch the flu just by coming into contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it?Every single item you use and touch can be a breeding ground for germs and viruses.

So ensuring that you have a clean laptop monitor, keyboard, mouse, and phone goes a long way in combatting the spread of germs. 

A study found that by implementing a protocol of regular washing, wiping, and sanitizing common areas will reduce the probability of catching the flu or common cold by up to 80%. 

Suggest that your workplace have antibacterial wipes readily available for all staff to use. If that’s not possible, always keep a some individually wrapped surface cleaner wipes in your desk drawer, purse or wallet.

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3. Wash Your Hands Before Eating and After Using the Bathroom

This one may seem like common sense. However it is actually quite surprising how many people don’t wash their hands properly (or at all).

A survey found that even though nearly all respondents agreed that it was important to wash their hands after using the restroom, only 66% actually did! Seventy percent of those who said they washed their hands admitted that they don’t use soap. 

4. Get an Annual Flu Shot

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual seasonal flu vaccine. The more people who are vaccinated against the circulating virus, the less likely it is to spread and to cause an epidemic. It also protects those most vulnerable in our communities such as the elderly, the immunocompromised and infants.

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5. Mind Your Manners

Make sure to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze. One sneeze can spray up to 3,000 infectious droplets into the air at more than 100 mph!

 

Would you add anything to this list? Or do you have any horror stories about coming in contact with sick people at work? Let me know in the comments below.

 

References:
Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2017-2018 Influenza Season In the Klear Call to Action

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