3 Ways to Protect Your Office Against the Flu

The flu is a productivity killer for commercial offices. According to the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. employees miss 17 million days of work each year because of the flu, which costs employers an estimated $7 billion in lost productivity.

For most offices, an outbreak of the flu can throw all momentum off course. Fortunately, there’s a relatively simple solution: Regular commercial cleaning and disinfecting.

Disinfecting your workspace is one of the most significant ways to protect your office against the flu. In fact, routine cleaning is something the CDC recommends for controlling the spread of influenza in schools, which can be applied to commercial workspaces.

Beyond routine cleaning, though, there are steps every office can take to protect against influenza. Here are a few of the most important steps offices can take to stay healthy and clean during flu season:

  • Make It Easier for Employees to Get Flu Shots

Flu vaccinations have been shown to reduce illness, doctors’ visits and missed work, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, your employees are busy, and fitting in a vaccination into the workday can be a challenge. A few ways to combat this:

  • Offer Flu Vaccinations at Work – Offering flu shots at the office maximizes compliance.
  • Provide Employees with Time Away to Get Shots – Many offices provide employees paid time away from work during the flu season to get shots.
  • Use Flu Liaisons in the Office – Promote leaders in your organization to be “influencers” in the workplace. They can provide information with employees with locations of where to go for a flu shot, information about hygiene during flu season, and other helpful information.

Bottom line, maximizing the number of employees who receive a flu shot is one of the most effective ways to protect your office from the flu.

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