February 24, 2009
Ways to Stay Well at Work
People seem to be getting sick a lot this winter. My 1-year-old son has had one bug or another for weeks, everyone I know has a cold or the stomach flu, and I’m just knocking on wood that I stay well. Among other factors, the cooped-up environment of an office in winter is a breeding ground for germs, meaning illnesses can make the rounds quite easily.
But besides relying on luck or superstition, you can take other steps to help ward off getting sick. According to this article, the best way to stay healthy is, of course, to keep washing your hands. But here are three other healthy nuggets of wisdom you may have heard before but bear repeating:
· Stay three feet away from your coworkers. “If you had X-ray vision, you would see a cloud of viruses around them,” says Dr. William Schaffner, professor and chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Preventive Medicine and vice president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in the article. “Every time they exhale, respiratory viruses come out, extending about three feet, creating a cloud around them.” But despite your best efforts to avoid germs, keep in mind your coworkers are most contagious the 24 hours before they know they’re sick.
· Keep your hands away from your face.
· Try a holistic health approach: Take a multivitamin, get enough sleep and exercise.
If all this fails, do everyone, including yourself, a favor and stay home. Presenteeism, or coming to work sick, will just spread more germs.
Got more tips on avoiding the latest workplace bug? Leave them below in the comments. And if you want more information on staying well at work, here are some Monster resources on the subject:
· From the Monster Blog: “Working Sick: Come to the Office or Stay Home?”
· From the Monster Blog: “The Fight Against Germs in the Workplace”
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These are great tips in order to stay healthy at work. These days there are so many viruses running around you never know what you can get.
Posted by: californiagirl | Feb 28, 2009 10:54:34 PM
To stay well I drink a lot of Green Tea and Emergen-C, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep and exercise even if it is just walking the dog or walking by your self get some type of cardio in every day. Also use clorox wipes to clean your work station every day and wash your hands often.
Posted by: Janet Shafer | Mar 10, 2009 4:55:09 PM
I think the most important part of prevention is having a workplace that recognizes that those who are sick should JUST STAY HOME. This is the responsibility of everyone - the employer to provide and promote the use of "sick" days for just that very reason, the team members to understand that people get sick and not grumble when so-and-so is out, and the employees to understand that (1) they can miss a day and the world will not end, and (2) they are helping the rest of the team by keeping their germs at home!
Posted by: lars | Mar 10, 2009 9:14:00 PM
I totally agree about the problem with presenteeism, but how do you handle my situation where my workplace gives me 3 weeks a year for both sick days and vacation days combined. IF I take sick days then my vacation time is impacted. So I and my co-workers come to work no matter how sick if we can get out of bed at all. Of course that spreads the illnesses to everyone else and so on.
Posted by: texas guy | Mar 13, 2009 11:44:17 AM
If your place of work has a common computer for various tasks ALWAYS wash your hands after using it. The same holds true for common telephones, doorknobs, copier buttons, emergency exit handles for doors, etc. A germ and your finger to your eye establishes a pathway.
Posted by: mike | Mar 15, 2009 9:03:24 PM
It helps to keep a positive attitude; take precautions but instead of being fearful of germs, assume you will stay healthy. The rest of your life outside of work needs to be in balance -- healthy relationships, proper food and execrcise, activities that make you happy.
Posted by: Jackie | Apr 3, 2009 8:45:07 PM
Also if you feel you are getting sick, take airborne it really does help!
Posted by: jovadia | Apr 25, 2009 4:24:02 PM
It is great to read an entry written from heart rather than just keystrokes. Thanks for providing great content.
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