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How to stop the spread of illness

Posted on: Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

It's only a couple of weeks until the clocks go back in the UK, bringing in the longer nights, darker evenings and marking the real start of winter.

For those who work in offices, this will also mean one thing – the beginning of the coughing fits and sneezes that we all see every winter. 

While it may seem like a trivial matter if a cold spreads through the office, this sort of illness can leave workers unproductive and unmotivated. 

Meanwhile, a bout of the flu could render many staff unable to work for a number of days.

It is best, therefore, to make sure that you protect against these illnesses before they happen.

The best way to do this is, of course, with cleanliness. Having an office that is regularly cleaned and disinfected properly will make sure that people are not going down with illnesses left, right and centre.

You will want to ensure desks are wiped down regularly, while mice and keyboards can be disinfected each day.

Of course, there's also the biggest enemy – door handles. We all touch these numerous times each day, and they harbour more germs than a toilet seat as a result. Make sure they are regularly wiped to stop the pesky cold spreading.

Other tactics to employ can include having the air conditioning serviced before winter. This will see the filters cleaned out to stop them circulating germs throughout.

You can also look at enforcing a stay at home policy. There's a belief among staff in many offices that it shows a toughness and desire to do the job if we battle through illness to come in.

However, this just spreads the germs, and ill people are better away from the office. If your staff can work from home, encourage them to do so when they have picked up an illness – this will lower the risk of them passing it on to other people.