Encourage workers to get a flu shot.
The flu vaccine provides the best defense against contracting the virus, according to the CDC. The more people who get vaccinated, the more difficult it is for influenza to spread through communities. The CDC has found that the flu vaccine can reduce a person's risk of getting the flu by as much as 40–60 percent. Some companies make getting the flu shot easy and convenient by offering on-site flu-shot clinics for employees.
Educate workers about regular hand washing.
Companies should provide employees and customers with hand sanitizer dispensers and/or wipes where soap and water are unavailable. Alcohol-based gel and foam sanitizers are proven to be effective at killing viruses that cause both common colds and the flu (for maximum effectiveness, these products should contain 60% to 95% ethanol or isopropanol).
Avoid sick coworkers and take sick days.
Discourage employees from coming into close contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms, UniFirst suggests. The flu virus is highly contagious, so avoiding contact with colleagues, friends, or family members with the virus can help reduce the risk of catching the flu. Most importantly, encourage workers to take sick days when they truly need them.
Encourage clean workspaces.
Provide routine office cleaning that includes disinfecting surfaces and objects in work and public areas that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Pay special attention to doorknobs, keyboards and phones.
Stock up on hygiene products.
Make sure work environments have an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disposable wipes, and other facility service and hygiene products.