The way we work can heavily influence our health. It’s important to prevent illness if we can help it.
Although it can be easy enough at home, staving off sickness can become increasingly difficult in public areas; particularly in work spaces with many people in a small area. Here are five ways management and staff can reduce the risk of illness in the office.
5 Easy Ways To Reduce Illness At Work
1. Look After Your Hands
One of the quickest ways germs can spread is via people’s hands and fingers. For that reason it has become increasingly common in many countries for public places, such as restaurants and hospitals, to put up signs reminding their customers and staff to regularly wash their hands, particularly after using the bathroom.
Placing similar signs around the office and in the toilets is a cheap and effective way of drastically reducing the chance of catching a bug.
2. Keep It Clean
If a place of work becomes dirty, with dust and overflowing bins, the chance of becoming ill is raised dramatically. Prolonged contact with dusty rooms can actually have permanent effects on your health leading to the development of respiratory illnesses, such as asthma. Simple steps such as encouraging general tidiness or even organising the office to be professionally cleaned can have great short term benefits for people’s health.
3. Let the Ill Rest
A quick way to make an entire group of people ill is for one sick person to come into contact with them. Many places of work dislike when members of staff miss a day due to ill health but letting the sick spend a day at home can actually have far more benefits than negatives.
For a start people recover much better if able to relax in a warm house without worrying about getting to work, allowing them to rest and recuperate. If someone’s sick at work, however, it drastically increases the chance of another person in the office falling ill.
4. Keep Hydrated
Becoming dehydrated is bad enough as it reduces concentration and increases fatigue, but it can also lead to a whole host of other problems such as nausea, diarrhoea and stomach bugs. Ensure the office has a supply of drinking water, preferably by installing a water dispenser.
Make sure everyone in the office has the time at lunch break to get a healthy meal. Poor nutrition can severely damage the immune system and therefore make it much easier to catch illnesses.
It is important to encourage all staff and colleagues to eat healthily, perhaps by having healthy alternatives in vending machines rather the standard of crisps and chocolate. . Similarly, if food is stored in the office ensure it remains organised and in a sanitary location.
Following these steps is a simple way of ensuring your place of work remains an illness free zone. Let us know in the comments if you have any other ideas for reducing the risk of illness at work.