FRAMINGHAM, MA — Nearly 80 percent of office workers polled come to work even when they know they are sick, according to the third annual Flu Season Survey from Staples, an increase of 20 percent over last year, according to a press release.
For those that stay home, more than two-thirds return to work when they are still contagious, putting coworkers' health and business productivity at risk, the release stated.
Staples offers solutions to help maintain a healthy workplace by keeping things clean — whether a home office, small-to-mid-sized business or large enterprise — from simple items, such as hand sanitizer, to large-scale industrial cleaning products and techniques, the release noted.
"At Staples, we know that companies are already doing more with fewer resources, and flu season has the potential to impact productivity," said Lisa Hamblet, vice president for facility solutions at Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples.
"Prevention is key and using the right supplies is critical. Products like hands-free soap, paper towel dispensers, disinfectants and sanitizers, along with staff awareness, can help keep an office healthy," Hamblet added.
According to the release, survey data shows office workers continue to make avoidable mistakes that fuel the spread of germs:
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