Velocity Care shares office etiquette on managing illness and work
Taking time off of work isn’t always fun when it’s actually necessary, especially if it’s necessary because you’re not feeling well. In those situations, you may feel pressure to go to work anyway, and you aren’t alone: 90 percent of office workers occasionally show up to work sick.
Sometimes your “bark” (or cough) is worse than the bite; sometimes it’s not. It is important to be mindful that you share your office space with others and that it is easy to pass on an illness to a co-worker if you are contagious.
Velocity Care has five tips for what you can do to help prevent your co-workers from catching whatever bug you may have.
- Get the flu shot. Preventative care is always the best option. With flu season rapidly approaching, many local pharmacies, grocery stores and walk-in clinics are offering specials on flu shots.
- Wash your hands. Sharing office supplies is a great way to help your co-workers, but it is also the best way to spread germs. Washing your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways to kill germs that spread easily through close contact and sharing supplies.
If washing your hands every time you need to blow your nose or touch your face is not a realistic option for you, be sure to carry or leave at your desk a personal bottle of hand sanitizer. This is the next best option.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. Directing your germs into the crook of your arm is the best way to contain and avoid spreading them. If the germs are in your hands, they’ll be everywhere in no time.
- Keep cough drops on hand. No one likes to be the one making all the noise in an otherwise quiet office almost as much as no one likes to listen to someone coughing all day. Cough drops will help quell your cough and soothe the throat pain that normally accompanies a hacking cough.
- Bring your own disinfectant. Wipe down your keyboard, desk, phone and anything you think someone might be using after you. Disinfectant wipes are easy to stash at your desk and will only take a second to use.
It is best to remember that it is important to be and feel well. The better you feel, the more productive you are at your job. If you have a fever, that’s a good indicator that you are probably still contagious and it is best to take precautions to ensure you don’t share those germs with others.
If you are feeling sick and can’t make it to your primary care doctor, there are options available to you. For those busy lunch hours, early-morning or after-hours medical needs, Velocity Care can diagnose and treat you with little or no wait so that you can quickly get back to work (and play) feeling 100 percent better.
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