With cold and flu season in full swing, you may be wondering what you can do to help your employees stay healthy. After all, sick employees generally have two options — take a sick day or come to work sick — and neither option is ideal. Whether you’re unsure of where to start or in search of more ideas, try these four ways to make your workplace healthier.
Sanitize High-Traffic Surfaces
One of the simplest steps you can take is sanitizing surfaces like doorknobs, faucet handles, copier buttons, and anything else that comes into contact with lots of people throughout the day. Keep hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in high-traffic areas, and lead by example, wiping down surfaces yourself instead of expecting someone else to do it.To increase use, especially during the dry winter months, opt for a moisturizing hand sanitizer and luxurious soap in the bathrooms.
Stock up on Healthful Snacks
Providing healthful snacks for your employees will also help. If you already have a vending machine, replace some of the junk food with healthier options. During cold and flu season, good nutrition is especially important. Consider stocking the break room with a few complimentary snacks that can boost the immune system, such as citrus fruits and probiotic yogurt. You could even host lunch once or twice a week, serving healthful meals filled with lean protein, whole grains, and lots of vegetables, herbs, and spices.
Shop for an Air Purifier
Familiarize yourself with all the options before making a purchase, and consult with your local HVAC company to determine which will best meet your needs.
Set Up Work-From-Home Options
Finally, make it as easy as possible for employees to work from home when they need to. Many employees will try to tough it out and come to work even when they think they may be coming down with something. If you already have the right infrastructure in place, you can stop office outbreaks before they happen by encouraging employees to work from home when they feel under the weather. Otherwise, employees are faced with an all-or- nothing decision on any day when they feel sick or something comes up.
Most of these suggestions are relatively simple to implement, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. As a business owner, you’ll find opportunities every day to incentivize and accommodate healthy habits, from providing the option of a standing desk to allowing longer lunch breaks so employees can take a walk. Not only will these and other initiatives improve employee health and happiness, but they will have a positive impact on your bottom line as productivity increases.