Don’t forget to prep your team for flu season!

Flu season is in full swing, as you might have noticed if fellow co-workers are beginning to cash in those sick days – or worse if you can hear the sneezing and coughing all around you. The flu can spread through a workplace like wildfire.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers an immense amount of resources for educating workers on influenza, how to protect yourself from getting it, and how to prevent it from spreading throughout a workplace.

Aside from getting the flu vaccine, which the CDC recommends as the “best way to avoid getting seasonal flu,” you can take some other precautions to avoid getting sick. The CDC recommends the following six tips:

  1. Stay home when you are sick. It might seem like attending the pile of work on your desk is the MOST important thing, but when you are sick you won’t be as productive and you might pass the flu onto others. When everyone gets sick, nothing gets done.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you see that one of your co-workers has decided to bring the flu to work – stay away from them.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Grab a tissue to cough in or tuck your face into your elbow. The best thing to do next is wash your hands.
  4. Wash your hands. Whether you are sick or the people around you are, one of the best defenses is to practice thorough and regular hand-washing. If you can’t get to a sink to use soap and water, hand sanitizer is the next best thing.
  5. Clean surfaces and objects around you. Grab the disinfectant or even just some soap and water and clean the things around you that are touched often. Think doorknobs, railings, keyboards, phones, etc.
  6. Be prepared and informed. Get credible information on how to prevent the flu, and the spread of the flu. If you are an employer, it is a good idea to remind employees of the details of your sick leave policies, as well as the safe work practices they should be using (such a hand-washing and keeping a clean work space).


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Balancing workloads among team members

How can your office balance workload better?

How can you enhance the teamwork management in your office?

How can you enhance the teamwork management in your office?

One of the most important factors of team management is balance between its members. Although the work day can get hectic with numerous daily tasks, emergencies, or deadlines that must be met, management should ensure no team member is being overloaded with expectations.

According to a recent Glassdoor survey, employees are continuing to become more dissatisfied with their work-life balance, as well as their overall work day commitments. Forty-six percent of those in management positions indicated that they are working longer hours than five years ago. Continue reading

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Where is your focus in the office?

What is the time management like in your office?

What is the time management like in your office?

What is the time management like in your office?

As the eight-hour work day shifts its way out of the daily lives of millions of workers in favor of a more flexible, shortened week, some hope distractions will move with it. But can distractions really ever be eliminated?

Managing time has become exceedingly hard for many businesses, with employee burnout becoming a standard across industries, in addition to intense engagement issues and high turnover rates. Continue reading

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How can your business management team increase productivity?

Keep these tips in mind for a more effective, productive workforce.

Facilitate teamwork with a better understanding of its leadership capabilities.

Facilitate teamwork with a better understanding of its leadership capabilities.

How is your business managed? Although many may focus on the end product, customer service or daily tasks, which are all important in their own right, the way in which these are achieved is also vital.

The core of a team begins and ends with the manner in which it is managed. High-impact teams should be strived for, groups of employees that work together in a fluid, efficient motion toward a common end goal. Continue reading

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Is your workforce ready for the upcoming flu season?

As the flu season approaches, be sure your employees are prepared.

Sickness in the workplace can have serious consequences when businesses are not prepared.

Sickness in the workplace can have serious consequences when businesses are not prepared.

Although collaborative work spaces and teamwork in the office are important parts of a productive work day, health and safety should always be kept in mind, especially during the upcoming flu season.

The pandemic H1N1 flu outbreak of 2009 was considered to be mild by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but still created significant challenges for unprepared employers and their workers. By taking the necessary precautions early on, your business can keep its employees safe, while maintaining the best work practices possible.

According to the CDC, it’s not possible to predict what the exact flu season will be like, as the time, severity and length of the season varies year to year. The flu is also constantly changing, with different strains and viruses combining to make new kinds, which can affect people in different ways.

Most seasonal flu activity occurs between October and May, peaking most often between December and February.

For the 2015-2016 flu season, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone six months and older.

How can employers protect their workers this flu season and from health risks in general?

  • Encourage employees to take time off when necessary: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), work-related health problems result in an economic loss of 4-6 percent of GDP for most countries. This loss may not seem very big, but can add up over time. By encouraging employees to take time off when sick, management teams can stop the spread of diseases, as well as ensure workers can return to work faster than before. Flexible work leave policies stop the spread of germs and help maintain an overall healthier workforce.
  • Know the signs of sickness: It may seem redundant to train workers on the signs of sickness or ill-health, as they have most likely experienced it throughout their lives, but training can help prevent serious spread of infections. With the continued emergence of smaller workplaces and closer working conditions, it’s important that employees maintain access to soap and running water, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, tissues and proper cleaning agents. Changes as simple as hanging up posters with proper health habits and handing out pamphlets on safety information can make a difference. Or have employees go through a short, online training program to brush on flu prevention tips.
  • Maintain control over the space: Employers should be able to modify their work area at any time to ensure the health and safety of workers. By being able to conduct business in a different manner, use high-quality ventilation systems and installing hand sanitizer dispensers, employers are able to keep their environment sickness-free. By encouraging proper social distancing between employees, covering the facial area when coughing or sneezing, as well as cleaning work spaces frequently, sicknesses can be avoided.

Employee risk of exposure varies from very high to low, and can change due to different situations. Be sure your workers are prepared for the upcoming flu season with the latest training available.


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