6 Tips for Cold and Flu Prevention at The Office 78

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This is a guest post by Cliff Derksen, owner of First Impressions Janitorial, a Winnipeg janitorial cleaning service.

Fall is already here and the cold weather marks the beginning of cold and flu season. No matter what you do, chances are that people will come sick to the office and increase your risk of getting the germs, as well.

Several preventative tips can help make the office a much safer and healthier place. If you’d like to keep everybody happy and sneeze-free this autumn, you’ll benefit from the following six easy to implement suggestions.

Make Sanitizing Products Available

Clean hands are very important, especially when it comes to dozens of people touching the same surfaces and conveniently spreading germs around. This is why every office should be stocked up with all of the essential sanitizing products.

Switch the traditional soap for the anti-bacterial variety.

Wet wipes and sanitizing sprays that can be used on a daily basis for keeping office surfaces cleaned will also be great for reducing the risk of having one person after the other falling victim to colds and flu.

Strict Policies towards Sick Employees

No matter how hard you try to reduce the risk of infections, a sick person coming to the office will probably lead to many additional sick leaves. While workers could think that they’re doing the right thing by coming ill to the office, you know what risks stem from such behaviors.

Make sure that you have strict policies in place and that everybody is onboard. As a leader, it’s your job to make people that have the flu take a few sick days. This way, you can prevent a much bigger office disaster.

Regular and thorough Cleaning

Professional office cleaning, especially when the right sanitizing products are being used, can also reduce the risk of illness significantly. The germs go anywhere that sick people or virus carriers do. This is why the cleaning team should put emphasis on the bathrooms, the office kitchen, the break room, common office areas and machines like printers, faxes and phones.

Replace the traditional trash bins with no-touch baskets. Disposable towels in the kitchen, the restroom and the lobby are another great option for keeping it clean.

Talk to your cleaning team and make sure that surfaces are thoroughly disinfected during flu season. Traditional detergents may be ineffective, especially if a flu epidemic is announced in the city or the particular region. A few additional measures will often be sufficient to make sure that everybody’s healthy and productive.

Encourage Employees to Get Flu Shots

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US companies lose 10.4 billion dollars each year due to colds and flu. Still, the number of people that get flu shots remains surprisingly low.

An awareness campaign at the office can inform employees about the benefits of getting a flu shot. As an employer, you can encourage the people that work for you to take better care of their health during flu season.

You can inquire about the possibility of having a medical professional stopping by the office to offer flu shots. Spreading information via an office email bulletin is another great opportunity. Finally, don’t forget to lead by example and get a flu shot yourself!

Flexible Work Day

The 9 to 5 office routine may not be a good idea at a time when employees are falling sick like dominoes. A little bit of flexibility can boost productivity by keeping everyone healthy.

Some employers feel that reducing the workday is far from the best thing when it comes to keeping processes on track and meeting deadlines. A bit of flexibility, however, will enable employees to tackle important tasks and get home on time, especially if they feel like they’re getting sick.

Another option that can be tested during flu season is telecommuting. Chances are that many employees will still be capable of doing their job from home. Giving people this freedom is another option for keeping the work process going without jeopardizing everybody’s health.

Printable Reminders

If everything else fails, try the good old poster. Printed reminders about hygienic practices can do miracles in terms of keeping the office environment healthy.

The bathroom, for example, could feature a reminder for people to stick to anti-bacterial products.

A note in the work area itself should remind employees to sanitize phones, keyboards and work areas at least a few times per week. Until these become an internalized habit, people are likely to forget. Printed reminders will definitely make the transition to a higher level of hygiene during flu season easier.

Stick to these essentials and you’ll get to beat influenza. We wish you happy, productive and fun fall that doesn’t feature coughs, sneezes and strep throats. Don’t forget to keep the office space clean and you’ll most definitely make it possible for employees to survive the fall without catching the dreaded cold.

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 32

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.