Don’t Give Colds During the Season of Giving

The Healthy Workplace Project* Wash, Wipe, Sanitize Protocol can Reduce Your Chance of Catching a Cold by as Much as 80%

Winter months can get long and with the season of snow, many suffer from the cold and flu.  The most vulnerable environments are, of course, home, school and the workplace. The larger the workplace, the greater chance an employee has of coming in contact with a cold or flu virus.

The human rhinovirus can cause over 560 million yearly cases of the Common Cold in the United States.

In 2010, Kimberley-Clark Professional launched the Healthy Workplace Project in order to promote happy and healthy office workers.  The idea is to motivate workers to adopt better hygiene habits in order to reduce germ transmission, resulting in cleaner buildings and ultimately a healthier work environment.

  • The Healthy Workplace Project can reduce absenteeism by up to 46%
    • Each year companies lose an average of $1,685 per employee due to absenteeism and presenteeism – employees coming to work while sick
    • 98% of the workers will miss work during the year due to a minor illness such as influenza, stomach illness, or a cold – 80% of which are preventable
    • Over 80% of project participants stated they were more satisfied with their employer as a result of the Healthy Workplace Project
    • More than half of the participants felt more productive as a result of the Healthy Workplace Project

Kimberley-Clark Professional also tested different office “hotspots” for levels of contamination.  Their findings may make you think twice about using the office microwave:

Places with highest levels of contamination:

  • 75% of break room sink faucets
  • 48% of microwave door handles
  • 27% of keyboards
  • 26% of refrigerator door handles
  • 23% of water fountain buttons
  • 21% of vending machine buttons

In order to reduce these gross numbers, Kimberley-Clark Professional initiated The Healthy Workplace Project* Wash, Wipe, Sanitize Protocol.  These steps can reduce the number of items and surfaces contaminated with viruses by as much as 62% and reduce the probability of infection for respiratory infections by approximately 80%.

Along with the Wash, Wipe, Sanitize Protocol, everyone and their grandmother has a “family secret” to cure what ails you.  There are countless preventative measures you can take to decrease the likelihood of catching the rhinovirus, or worse.  Below are some of the easiest steps to take to prevent sickness:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and warm water.
  • Keep hand sanitizer handy.
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, ideally water.
  • Exercise!
  • Stay home while you’re sick.

With the average American getting a cold 2.5 times per year, there is really no escaping it.  By taking advantage of the above-mentioned tips and combining them with the famous family soup recipe, or over-the-counter meds, you’ll be sure to kick it in no time.

To keep employees happy and healthy during the cold and flu season, check out some of the products Innovative Office Solutions carries.  Perfect for combatting any sickness this season is the Kimberely-Clark Professional Desk Caddy(Item #KIM38538) – which encourages the Wash – Wipe – Sanitize protocol, right at person’s desk.


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