Offices are a popular breeding ground for sickness, particularly in the colder months. It’s inevitable that you’ll catch the latest cold or bug that’s circulating around the office, but there are a few things you can do to keep the dreaded lurgy at bay.

From washing your hands to getting more sleep, here’s how you can avoid calling in sick this winter.

Keep your desk clean

In a rather outrageous report, your keyboard carries 5 times the amount of bacteria than that found in a toilet! This alone is enough to make you want to bring out the anti-bac.

Desk areas should be cleaned thoroughly on a weekly basis, ensuring no germs are left lingering around. Likewise, it’s important to clear your desk of any dirty dishes and make sure they’re cleaned, using hot water and soap, after you’ve eaten.

Wash your hands

The most effective way of preventing sickness from spreading around the office is to wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day. Keep a bottle of hand sanitiser on your desk so you don’t have to keep popping to the bathroom, which can affect productivity levels.

Don’t forget to wash your hands after using the toilet, blowing your nose or preparing food.

Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is a great way of keeping your body in full working order, which in turn will help fight off any unwanted viruses and infections. Much to some’s disgust, fizzy drinks and coffee won’t do the job – in fact, these liquids tend to dehydrate.

Avoid touching your face

Your hands are how illnesses are passed from person to person around the office. However tempted you may be, whether its leaning on your hands or scratching your face, try not to touch your face throughout the day. Studies have suggested that workers touch their face once every 4 minutes!

Take vitamins

If you’re guilty of not consuming the recommended 5 a day, taking vitamin C supplements are a great way of fighting off any unwanted illnesses. What’s encouraging, taking vitamin C tablets can reduce cold symptoms by 8% in adults.

Sleep longer

It turns out that being well rested can help you fight off germs and combat sickness. Particularly during the winter, ensure you’re getting enough sleep, as you’ll be better equipped to handle any viruses that will inevitably be heading your way.

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