1.Keep it clean
‘Computer hygiene’ is a fairly easy process to accomplish, and worth the effort for sure. Think about it in general office terms – you dig into the biscuit tin after many other colleagues, you and Sally swapped TPS reports, you shook hands with a visitor and you used the doorknob to vacate the restroom. Then, you came back to your keyboard and started typing. You see where I am going with this. Speak with the office manager to see if you have any approved cleaning solutions on hand, then reach out to your IT solutions provider before moving forward with the scrub down.
2. Don’t Eat (around Your Computer)
Those crumbs that fall between the keys might as well as be a smorgasbord for infection. If all of the germs described above have collected on your keys as you type away and then you take a bite of your McMuffin – well that is pretty gross. You are basically eating those germs, and then incubating them in your body. Long story short, you may not want to eat at your desk.
3. Wash Your Hands, Please.
Yes, I know we are not six years old anymore! Still, too often people neglect to wash their hands or if they do, do so properly, hence why I’m reiterating this. Just do it. A good rule of thumb is to massage the soap into your palms, between the fingers – basically every crack and crevice – while singing happy birthday (in your head if you are shy!). All in all, it is just the respectful thing to do, not just for your own health but for those around you, since it will help prevent the spread of germs.
4. Sneeze Away from Your Computer
Take a walk over to an employee that you do not like, and sneeze on their computer instead. JUST KIDDING! When you sneeze, cover your mouth like Count Dracula. Sneezing into your elbow is a good practice when there aren’t any tissues readily available. Keep a roll of cleaning wipes in your desk drawer, and give your work area a good wipe down once a week – or more if needed.
At the end of the day, your body does a pretty good job of fighting off the nasties that we call germs and bacteria. But, it could use some assistance every now and then. Give the above a try, or, feel free to live in a bubble until Spring. The choice is yours.