5 ways to stay healthy in the workplace…
- Keeping your desk clean and clear of food is the first step towards a germ-free workspace. (It’s also good to take a break and get some fresh air instead of spending your lunch break being deskbound.)
- Your keyboard, mouse and phone are germ hotspots. Regularly wipe down and disinfect these areas with antibacterial wipes, especially if you share a work station with a colleague.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap and water before and after preparing food, or eating.
- Ensure that any communal mugs, dishes, or other crockery and cutlery are properly cleaned before you use them. Better yet, bring in your own to use each day.
- Sponges and dishcloths can harbour germs so make sure the office cleaning supplies are changed regularly.
Personal care at work
- Practise good hygiene habits in the workplace, for example, by sneezing into the crook of your arm and not into your hand, as handshaking is one of the easiest ways to pass on germs.
- If you use a tissue, discard it immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands.
- Keep your hands away from your face as viruses can transfer from your hands into your body via the eyes, nose and mouth.
Using public transport to get to work
- If you travel on public transport, your daily commute can expose you to many germs from other people, as well as on commonly touched surfaces, like hand rails and door handles. To protect yourself as well as your colleagues, thoroughly wash your hands as soon as you get to work.
Stay home and recover
- Stay at home if you’re not well so that you don’t unnecessarily expose your colleagues to germs.
TIP: Avoid touching your phone when you eat – research indicates that your cellphone has 18x more harmful bacteria than the door handle in a public toilet.
Employees who practise good hygiene and consider the wellness of others are happier and more productive.