Keep It Clean: Don't Let Your Phone System Spread Illness!

Posted on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 @ 08:18 PM by Carlos Lahrssen

Phone systemDuring the winter months, colds, flu and other infections can spread through workplaces quickly. Any surfaces that are shared can harbor germs and infect others. Doctors commonly advise people to stay home when they are sick, but people don't always follow these directions. Common colds can last for weeks, with sufferers being contagious the entire duration of symptoms even though they are otherwise healthy enough to come to work.


It is difficult for business owners and managers to handle the issues workplace illness can cause, such as handling the workload when employees are home sick, but sick employees should be encouraged to stay home for their own well being and that of the other employees. Employees who are ill will generally not provide the productivity managers need anyway, and are more likely to make errors when they are not at their best. 

Although employees may have sick leave they can take, they may feel pressure to show up even when managers encourage them to stay home due to knowledge of the workload and unspoken expectations. Clearly communicating expectations that employees stay home when sick can help resolve these issues.

Disease Prevention Techniques

Keeping surfaces clean is another way to combat illness in the workplace. Laptop keyboards and faucet handles are common places for germs to lurk, and another common spot that can harbor germs is phones. When employees share work spaces, it is very important to wipe down surfaces, including phones, that employees come into contact with. 

Next step: Contact Nexogy to find out about phone systems that can provide your employees with all the tools they need for productivity.

Employers can maximize productivity and minimize sick days by providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for employee use. A short training session about handwashing and other illness prevention methods may also help employees stay well during the winter cold and flu season. 

Best practices for preventing the spread of illness include the following:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and often
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Anyone with symptoms should stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Don't share items unless they have been disinfected, including phones and computers
  • Cover mouth and nose with your arm/elbow when you must cough or sneeze, and don't touch eyes, nose or mouth

Office Procedures Can Reduce Illness

Phone systemFormulating a company policy that includes handwashing, distancing of employees who show symptoms of illness, and disinfecting surfaces can help develop routines that reduce the spread of illness. If managers implement and enforce these policies throughout the company, the workplace as a whole may see the benefits in reduced need for sick days and greater overall health for their employees. 

Besides colds and flu, transmission of other more serious illnesses like tuberculosis and even ebola can also be reduced and prevented by an effective company policy for disease prevention. Making the workplace safe for all employees is worth teaching and reinforcing habits that may be new or different for employees, and can even save lives in some cases.

Next step: Contact Nexogy to see how their phone systems can help your business thrive in every season of the year.

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Sources:
Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm
Controlling the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace
http://www.ulworkplace.com/blog/occupationalhealth/controlling-the-spread-of-infectious-diseases-in-the-workplace/
Preventing the Spread of Sickness
http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/11431-preventing-the-spread-of-sickness

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Carlos Lahrssen
Carlos Lahrssen
Carlos Lahrssen is president and CEO of nexogy, as well as founder, president and CEO of LD Telecommunications, Inc., nexogy’s parent company. Lahrssen is an industry fan, follower and advocate — stay...read more