Combating Flu Season in the Office

Posted by Richie Capeles on Feb 17, 2016 10:15:40 AM

The flu can affect your business in a number of ways. From lower staff morale to poor workflow, the virus can effect your company harder than just a runny nose. Learn how to keep the virus at bay with our helpful tips.

 The Virus

Flu season is upon us and the office could be your biggest adversary, here's why:4473854085_74f86f8d04_z-043564-edited.jpg

  • 60% of employees come to work sick
  • Offices are more contagious than hospitals with breakrooms harbor more bacteria than the office restroom
  • The flu virus can live up to three days on a surface

Up to 20% of Americans get the flu each year, and as a result a total of 111 million work days are missed, according to the CDC. With so many people succumbing to the sickness, it shouldn't be a surprise that the indirect costs of the flu ranges somewhere between $5 billion to $11 billion a year.

Flu Prevention

The month of February sees the highest outbreaks of the flu. How do you intend on battling the virus? Here are some tips to keep your office germ-free!

  • Get the flu shot! 
  • Encourage sick workers to stay home
  • Practice proper hand hygiene
    • When washing, rub soapy hands together for at least 20 seconds
  • Use disinfectants on high touch surfaces
    • Keyboards, microwaves handles, water fountain buttons, phones
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to support your immune system


Staples Facilities Solutions

Staples' facilities and janitorial services will keep your office virus free. Whether it be by supplying your business with hand sanitizers, equipping your janitorial crews with antibacterial cleaning tools or providing the right technology to telework, Staples will get your office on the track to be a germ-free zone. 

Staples Facilities Solutions division is a $2 billion business making them the largest provider in the Jan San industry. Staples will not only keep you safe from the flu virus, their facility supplies can make your office a safe environment all around. In addition to their janitorial supplies, Staples provides many sub categories. These consist of:

  • Office Supplies
  • Saftey Supplies
  • Breakroom
  • Technology Products
  • Office Furniture
  • Promotional Products
  • Print

Find out how Staples Facilities Solutions can change your office for the better by visiting them at


CoVest Member Advantages

Many CoVest members are already experiencing the benefits of Staples Facilities Solutions. In the past 12 months, 7 members have expanded their category use and have made Staples the provider for their janitory and sanitary (JanSan) needs. They are currently seeing an average JanSan savings of 14%. 

While their savings are similar, each member has a custom experience. One member, a global commodities company, is rolling out their contract site by site. Another member, a US based building products manufacturer, found their JanSan contract to be such a success they are now branching out to other CoVest categories which include chemicals and PPE. 

CoVest has a range of categories and services that will help your business run efficiently all while providing best-in-class pricing. Find out more at

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