As spring approaches, spring allergies and other seasonal ailments will likely be making their way into the office. Did you know that there are things you can do to help your employees stay healthy as the season changes? Healthier employees take fewer absences, tend to be more productive and have an overall better morale. Keeping your employees healthy will help not only them but also your company. Here’s how you can get started.
1. Get Humidifiers for the Office
Humidifiers can help cut down on sinus and spring allergy issues for some people, so it’s certainly an investment to consider. Humidifiers emit water vapor to increase the humidity level, which can help with nose bleeds, congestion, dry skin and other issues.
2. Check the Ventilation Systems
Make sure you change the air filters at least twice a year, depending on the type of filter, and have technicians inspect your AC systems when spring begins. Good air filtration and clean filters are vital to making sure pollen and other allergens aren’t collecting in your office.
While we’re talking about the air quality in your office, here’s one more thing to consider: Think about cutting back on air fresheners. Some people have strong allergies to certain scents, so check with your employees before installing new air fresheners.
3. Check Pollen Levels
Pollen levels can change from day to day. Some employees may find that their allergies get a lot worse when certain pollen, such as cedar, have a higher count. Let your employees know every day about pollen levels and adjust certain office activities accordingly. For example, if cedar is high and you have an employee who’s very allergic, don’t open the windows or hold an outside meeting. And keep over-the-counter allergy medicines handy for unexpected allergy spells at work. Just make sure they aren’t the kind that make you drowsy! You can find out more about your local pollen levels with Weather.com’s Allergy Tracker.
4. Organize a Workplace Wellness Program
Healthier employees tend to have stronger immune systems and fight off sicknesses better. So try organizing a spring workplace wellness program to motivate your staff to live healthier. It might include exercise classes, weight-loss programs, smoking-cessation support groups, chronic disease management, counseling for stress management and more. A recent study showed that businesses save $3.78 in healthcare for every dollar spent on helping manage chronic illnesses, so these types of programs can definitely pay off.
5. Hire a Cleaning Service that Specializes in Allergens
Getting rid of allergens may require HEPA cleaners and special attention paid to carpets and cubicle walls. Sometimes, a regular cleaning service might overlook these factors; when spring rolls around, consider investing in a service that specializes in controlling allergens.
Avoiding the drag of spring allergies is an art. You’ll need to approach the issue creatively, with medicines on hand, a focus on your office’s air quality and a push for healthier living. While you’re encouraging healthier living, you might also ask your employees with extra-strong allergies to consider getting an allergy test. What they learn might surprise them.