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How to Keep Your Office Healthy this Cold and Flu Season

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season typically occurs between the months of October and May. In other words, it is coming soon.

There are things you can do to lessen the likelihood of contracting the flu or cold virus - many get flu shots. Even so, there is no guarantee that you will keep this out of your life, especially if you find yourself in close contact with others on a daily basis.

As a business owner, there is nothing worse than the thought of a flu or cold outbreak in your office. Not only will this impact the overall health of your employees, but it can lead to a loss in productivity.

Some small business owners are also struggling with how much sick time to give employees. If your already staff is passing around the flu, it doesn't leave you with many options. The best bet is likely prevention.

Here are three tips for keeping your office healthy this cold and flu season:

  1. Stress the importance of proper care during this time of the year. For example, you may want to send out a memo with more information on local clinics that provide flu shots free of cost. You cannot require employees to get a flu shot, but it never hurts to provide information and make helpful suggestions.
  2. Make it known that there is nothing wrong with taking sick time. You don't want anybody to miss work due to an illness, but it is better than the person coming in and spreading the virus to others. Before cold and flu season hits its peak, let everybody know that it is better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Keep your office clean. This can include everything from installing hand sanitizer stations to hiring a cleaning service to visit your office on a regular basis. Anything you can do to cut down on germs is something to consider.

If you want to keep your office healthy this cold and flu season, if you want to improve the overall health of your staff, don't hesitate to follow the three tips above.