Monthly Archives: December 2014

Stop the flu at Work

The percentage of the U.S. population that will get the flu, on average, each year is between 5% and 20%. The number of Americans hospitalized each year because of flu complications tops 200,000. While these are scary statistics, a little bit of knowledge about the spread of the flu and the ways to prevent it could halt the fast spread at your business. 

The cold and flu season typically runs from November – April. Readily spread when people are indoors, cold and flu viruses are often passed along from person to person and surface to surface in the workplace. According to the CDC, people are most contagious during the first 2-3 days of contracting a cold and almost immediately and for about 5 days thereafter after being infected with the flu – even before symptoms develop. However, there are many actions you can take to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses at work.Here are some common sense reminders about stopping the spread of flu at work.

  • Maintain a professional cleaning crew that is knowledgeable about the spread of flu viruses.
  • The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.

Year End Office Clean Up

As 2014 is quickly coming to an end, businesses are gearing up for the new year with new plans for marketing,  business performance and sales goals.  Start 2015  with not just business goals but with a fresh start in the office in regards to organization and cleanliness.  The surroundings of an office may not increase your growth figures but it is a good indicator to clients of how you run your business.  Let’s look at a few steps you can take to start the year of fresh and clean.

  1. Papers, Papers, Papers!  Take an inventory of the stacks of paper that are cluttering up your office.  Separate them into categories of papers that need to find a home (file them), papers that need to be shredded and papers that can be disposed of through recycling.  Papers are one of the largest cluttering factors in an office.  Stacks of papers can send the message that you are disorganized, so clean up regularly not just during an end of year clean up.
  2. Office Supply Inventory – The end of the year is the perfect time to make lists of supplies that are low.  For example is the stapler jamming? Is the copier machine in need of repair?  This is a great time to see what works and what doesn’t work.  Maybe some rearranging more than the monthly supply run is in order.
  3. Computer Clean Up – Now that your desk is more organized and you have taken inventory, you may want to “clean up” your desk top.  Get rid of files that are no longer needed.  Back up files that are are critical and organize folders to start the year off right.

Now that you have taken these simple steps, your office can convey the most positive light upon your business practices.  Happy Organizing!