As an employee, you know that staying healthy benefits you in many ways: fewer missed work days, greater productivity and less stress. Staying healthy is good for your pockets too, in the form of lower health care costs. So when you’re going to the office and working in close quarters every day, how can you stay healthy?
Highlighted below are some of the best best practices to staying healthy at work:
Wash your hands often
Hand-washing is the number one way you can prevent yourself from getting sick. There is no such thing as washing your hands too much. Although it may seem obvious, many don’t take it as seriously as they should. Always wash your hands before you eat, after using the restroom, and after sneezing or coughing.
Keep your workspace clean
The average desk harbors hundreds of times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Therefore, ensure you clean and organize your work area frequently. Keep sanitizing wipes and spray at your desk and wipe down the surfaces often.
Drink more water
Staying well-hydrated is crucial to your productivity, energy levels and overall health. Water helps you stay alert and refreshed, and promotes clear thinking.
Keep hand sanitizer at your desk
As stated previously, there are many times when it is best to wash your hands; however, it’s understandable that during the workday you may not always be able to step away from your desk to do so. In those cases, such as after sneezing or coughing, immediately use hand sanitizer. Keep some handy at your desk, so it can be applied immediately and used in between hand washings when needed.
Avoid others who are not feeling well or exhibit symptoms of illness
Whenever possible, avoid close interactions with others who may be sick. Wash your hands after spending time at or near the work space of someone who is sick, sneezing or coughing. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure that management is aware if someone is coming to work sick, as it’s best for all if they stay home to rest and recover where there is no concern of infecting those nearby.
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