5 tips to stay healthy in the workplace this winter Winc

According to the Australian Influenza Surveillance Report1, flu cases tend to increase in May, resulting in peak circulation in July and August. We spoke to Winc Health, Hygiene and Safety Specialist Sharon Bayldon to share her top tips for staying healthy at work this winter.

“The winter period leads to an increase in cold and flu cases. It not only affects the individual, but it can affect productivity, morale and spillover to others,” Sharon said.

1. Get your flu shot

There’s no better time than now to schedule your flu shot. Investing in on-site flu vaccination programs can help ease the impact of illness and minimize workplace disruptions.

“To help keep you, your team members and those around you safe and healthy this winter season, make it a priority to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” recommends Sharon.

2. Practice good hand hygiene

A recent study of communal kitchen areas revealed the existence of harmful bacteria and fungi on workplace kitchen items such as coffee machines, refrigerator door handles and microwave knobs.2.

The workplace can harbor the existence of harmful bacteria and fungi in a number of places, including the bathroom, entry points, and the kitchen.

“Areas that experience frequent use contribute significantly to the transmission of bacteria. It is essential to maintain good hand hygiene by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 to 30 seconds. In addition, the use of hand sanitizers alcohol-based hands can effectively kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of germs,” ​​suggests Sharon.

3. Keep essential items readily available on your desk

Did you know that a keyboard can harbor up to three times more bacteria than a toilet seat?3?

Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at least once a day.

“Make sure you clean hard surfaces like your desk regularly,” advises Sharon. Always refer to the cleaning product instructions and labeling to determine the length of time required for effective surface disinfection.

4. Stay active during breaks

Incorporating exercise into your daily routine can have a positive impact on your physical well-being and energy levels. “Simple activities like taking a walk during your break, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even doing exercises while sitting at your desk can make a significant difference.”

5. Stay hydrated and make healthy food choices

Inadequate hydration can lead to headaches, reduced memory function, and slower response times, which can hinder your ability to perform tasks effectively. It is essential to maintain adequate hydration levels to optimize your productivity.

“Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day by having water available at your desk or taking regular hydration breaks. When you’re feeling peckish, avoid sugary snacks and opt for nutritious food options like fruit, nuts and seeds that provide sustained energy to keep you going throughout the day,” says Sharon.

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