One of the easiest ways to stop the spread of germs in the office is to wash your hands regularly. Germs can be found just about everywhere, and since you have to touch a lot things throughout the day, those germs will end up on your hands. This is why you should always set aside some time during the day to go into the restroom so you can wash your hands. Washing your hands regularly will help kill off any germs you’ve accumulated.
When you go to wash your hands make sure you always use a good amount of soap so you are absolutely sure that the germs are off your hands. In addition, make sure you spend a good amount of time cleaning your hands, because if you only spend a couple of seconds at the sink you the germs on your hands won’t be going away.
If you find that you’ve come down with a serious illness, it would be a good idea to stay home for the day. When you are sick, it is extremely easy to give the people around you the same illness you have. If you cause your coworkers to get sick, a good chunk of the office could be out of the office for a while, and productivity takes a massive hit when this happens. This is why it is a good idea to take the day off when you get really sick.
Not only will you be protecting your coworkers by staying home, but you will also have a better chance of healing faster. If you overload yourself with work while you are sick, it will be a lot harder for you to get better. You can’t even work in top condition if you aren’t feeling well. You need to take it easy when you are sick, because doing so gives your body a chance to fight off the illness.
If you have to sneeze, you should avoid covering your mouth or nose with your hands. You use your hands throughout the day, so when you sneeze into them you allow your germs to spread around to every single thing you touch in the office. If you have to shake someone’s hand, you will share your germs with that person, and he or she will be at risk of getting sick. Even if you aren’t sick, you are still letting germs spread around the office.
When you can, try using a tissue to cover your nose. Make sure you toss the tissue away after using it, because when you leave tissues around the germs will still stick around. In the case that there are no tissues available, you should try sneezing into your inner arm. Just make sure you aren’t just sneezing out into the open, because that is the easiest way to spread germs.
Another way to stop germs from spreading is to keep your workspace clean. If you are letting your workspace become a mess, you are putting yourself and your coworkers at risk of getting sick. You should make sure your office has a steady supply of janitorial supplies so you will always be able to keep the office clean. Things you should always have in your office include hand soap, paper towels, bleach, disinfecting wipes and garbage bags. Use this checklist to make sure that you have all the necessary cleaning supplies in your office.
Always keep an eye out for any spots in the office that you know are used by your coworkers. Things like the breakroom microwave and the restroom faucets are used by everyone in the office, and serve as perfect gathering points for germs. Always make sure you keep these particular areas clean if you want to keep germs away.
The Huntington Business Products Centre has a wide variety of janitorial supplies that you can use to keep your office germ-free.