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How To Stay Healthy At Work

Part 1 of 2 - Getting Started

Working When Sick Is Not Fun
Sniffles and sickness cost us all dearly. If we have kids, it causes them to miss school, which in turn causes us to miss work. If we get sick, we have two options, go to work sick (not recommended!) or taking leave and missing out on pay (not fun!).

Where you work may affect your ability to stay healthy. An office job won't have the same risk factors as a retail job. A mom working from home won't be exposed to the same occupational hazards as someone working at a restaurant. Staying healthy while working isn't always easy, but can be done no matter where you work, simply by following these steps.

Wash Your Hands! Washing with soap and water for 20 seconds can help minimize your risk of getting sick. Do this after coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, or blowing your nose.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. These are entry points for germs.

Get a flu vaccine

Stay home when sick! This may be hard, but needs to be done. Symptoms including a fever over 100, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches should require a day home (or 24 hours without symptoms) to recuperate.

Keep frequently touched surfaces clean. These include door knobs, phones, counters and other items that multiple people touch.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If a tissue is not available use your arm, not your hands. Then wash.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of water, rest, and exercise. If you are healthy you will be more likely to stay healthy.

Avoid those who may come to work sick. We all know it happens, but that doesn't' mean you have to do lunch with them!

In addition to the above tips there are some ways to stay healthy that are specific to your career choice.

Office Work
Working in an office, or cubicle all day may mean you don't have the daily interaction or chance for germs that others have, but you still can be at risk for a sedentary lifestyle, and other occupational hazards. Here are some tips to keep you healthy long term if you work in an office.

Do not use other workers' phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment. If you need to use a co-worker's phone, desk, or other equipment, clean it first.

Consider a standing desk, or another way to help you move around while at work.

Take breaks and get your heart pumping.