Don’t Be Sick on the Job

By Mel Sim

How to keep your workplace – and you – illness free

When someone sneezes or coughs, we start to get a little paranoid right now. Covid-19 or not, nobody wants to catch the flu bug and be sick at home. So here’s a checklist on what you need to do to stay healthy and illness free at work.

Wash your hands every two to three hours.
Yes, make it a habit to walk to the toilet and use soap and water, and wash for 20 to 30 seconds before rinsing. Your hands touch all and everything, germs included!

Use disinfecting wipes.
To clean your workstation and wipe down your desk, keyboard, telephone and anything else you frequently touch.

Stash a bottle of hand sanitiser on your desk.
These are hot commodities now but if you can get yourself a bottle (or if you’re smart enough to have already stocked up on this), put it on your table so that it’s there for you to use frequently.

Get a flu shot every year.
You might still get the flu but at least you have some form of protection. And it is important to take it every year as the strains are different each year.

Face off!
Keep your hands off your face as much as possible. No biting your nails, no rubbing your eyes unless you’ve cleaned your hands first.

Avoid touching commonly shared surface.
Doorknobs, pantry country, stair railings. If you touch them, sanitise your hands.

Stay at home.
If you’re the one who’s sick, do everyone a favour and stay at home until you are better.

Work somewhere else.
Colleague next to you coughing and sneezing. Move to another desk or work in the conference room.

Avoid sharing supplies.
Bring your own coffee mug. Use your own phone and computer. Chew on your own pen!

Take care of yourself.
Good health practices start before you fall sick. So eat healthy, get a decent amount of sleep, exercise moderately and avoid stress if you can.

Stay healthy, everyone!

Photo by Ani Kolleshi on Unsplash

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