We've heard a lot about this season's flu epidemic. In a recent study, 84% of working parents admitted they've gone to work sick before to save their leave time for sick kids. Well, that can spread germs and others can get sick. Here are some things experts say we can do to cut down on getting sick at work and bringing those germs home:
1) Beware of common items. One germ study found the germiest places in offices were sink faucet handles in the break room, microwave door handles and your office keyboard. Wipe down your work space on a daily basis using a disinfectant wipe.
2) Wash your hands. Just because you've been sitting at your desk doesn't mean you haven't picked up any germs. Make an effort to wash your hands before eating, after reading magazines in the break room and after meetings where you're sharing office equipment or shaking hands with people. Remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and teach children the importance of proper hand washing to help stop the spread of germs.
3) Stay hydrated. Keep a glass of water at your desk to help stay hydrated throughout the day. Dehydration combined with a lack of sleep and stress compromises your immune system and makes you more susceptible to illness.
4) Make your new office mate a bottle of vitamins. If you're feeling under the weather, consult your health care provider about taking a supplement such as vitamin c or zinc.
These few simple tips can help cut down on your chance of getting a cold or the flu and bringing those germs home.