It’s that time of year again where the weather becomes colder, the days become shorter and the flu and cold viruses are becoming stronger! Tech80 wants to help prevent infection within the workplace by sharing some quick and easy tips.
Here are 4 ways you can help prevent infection in your workplace this upcoming winter.
1. Clean your keyboard and mouse with an approved electronics cleaning cloth or solution.
This is an easy process to accomplish, and well worth the effort. Think about this – you dig into the candy dish after multiple people at the office, you and Sally swap TPS reports, you shake hands with a visitor and you used the doorknob to vacate the restroom. Then, you came back to your keyboard and started typing… You see where this is going. We encourage you to speak with the office manager to see if you have any approved cleaning solutions on hand, then reach out to your IT solutions provider before moving forward with the scrub down.
2. Do NOT eat around your computer.
All those crumbs that fall between the keys might as well be a smorgasboard for infection. If all of those germs described above have collected on your keys as you are typing away and then take a bite of your sandwich – well that would be pretty gross. You are essentially eating those germs, and then incubating them in your body. Long story short, you may not want to eat at your desk.
3. Please, wash your hands.
We know, this may sound childish. However, there are still too many people who neglect to wash their hands or to do so properly. Hence why we are reiterating this. A good rule of thumb is to massage the soap into your palms, between the fingers – basically every crack and crevice – while singing happy birthday (in your head). All in all, it is just the respectful thing to do for those around you as well, since it will help prevent the spreading of germs.
4. Sneeze away from your computer.
Take a walk over to an employee that you do not like, and sneeze on their computer instead. JUST KIDDING! However, we have seen co-workers who sneeze in their cubicles, and not cover up their mouths. As a result, their work space becomes a breeding ground for whatever ailment they are carrying. When you sneeze, cover your mouth like Count Dracula. Sneezing into your elbow is a good practice when there aren’t any tissues readily available. Keep a roll of cleaning wipes in your desk drawer, and give your work area a good wipe down once a week – or more if needed.