Cold and Flu Season: Top tips for keeping your businesses healthy this winter

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As the leaves change colour, temperatures drop and the rain starts to fall, the arrival of cold and flu season becomes an annual concern for individuals and businesses. Cold and flu risks to employees but also present challenges for businesses, potentially impacting productivity, workflow, and overall operations. With proactive measures and strategic planning, companies can effectively manage the impacts that the flu may have on their business and their people.

Here are a few top tips to consider as the winter rolls in:

Implement or Reinforce Hygiene Practices:

Simple yet effective hygiene practices play a vital role in preventing the spread of the flu and winter colds. Companies should encourage frequent hand washing, provide hand sanitisers in common areas, regularly disinfect surfaces, and promote proper hygiene etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes).

Consider Flexible Working Arrangements:

During flu season, offering flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting or flexible hours can be beneficial. This allows employees who may be feeling unwell to work from home, reducing the risk of spreading any illness within the office and maintaining productivity.

Focus on Education and Awareness:

Educating your people on flu prevention measures, symptoms, and when to stay home can ensure that employees take necessary precautions and appropriate action. Clear communication about company sickness policies and the importance of understanding when to stay home when sick helps prevent the spread of the flu, colds and viruses in the workplace.

Cross-Training and Succession Planning:

Cross-training employees in critical roles, tasks and responsibilities helps to ensure that essential functions can continue in case of unexpected absence. Succession planning helps identify backup resources and key personnel who can step in if employees are unable to work due to illness.

Monitoring and Response Plans:

Regularly monitoring absenteeism rates and tracking flu-related cases within the company can help in proactive decision-making. Establishing response plans to address potential outbreaks or significant absences ensures a timely and effective reaction to minimise disruptions.

Maintain a Clean and Healthy Environment:

Ensuring that the workplace is clean and well-ventilated can help reduce the spread of the flu virus. Proper ventilation, regular cleaning of HVAC systems, and maintaining a clean workspace contribute to a healthier environment for employees.

Continuous Evaluation and Adaptation:

Flu season impacts can vary each year, so it’s crucial for companies to continuously evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies and adapt them based on emerging trends, health advisories, and employee feedback.

How can oneHR help?

Navigating the challenges posed by flu season requires a multifaceted approach that prioritises the health and well-being of employees while maintaining business continuity. oneHR allows you to monitor absence trends, share policies and information with your people, and conduct return-to-work meetings to ensure people are fit and well ahead of returning to the workplace.

Speak to the oneHR team today for help with navigating cold and flu season.


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