March 29th, 2016
Over 40% of people say that their allergies affect their work, with sore eyes and streaming noses and a general irritableness to the warmer, dustier weather leading to an estimated £7.1 billion in reduced productivity annually in the UK economy alone.
Here are my top tips to handle Hay Fever in the office...
A surprisingly simple step to prevent hay fever is to wash your hands regularly throughout the day and to shower before bed. This washes pollen off of your body and hair, which will keep both you and your bedding pollen free. Additionally, try to change into fresh clothes if you have spent prolonged periods of time outside.
Hay fever and other allergies are caused by the presence of allergens such as pollen in the environment. Controlling the external environment is not easy but by cleaning and vacuuming indoors, regularly and thoroughly, you can help to reduce the presence of allergens in the office. Whether, like our office, you have external cleaners, or you're in a small office and do it yourself, it may be an opportunity to speak to your manager about whether the general cleanliness can be upped. Don't be afraid to ask - if it's affecting your work and general well-being, no manager wants an unhappy or unwell employee!
Hay fever is not contagious (thankfully) but it does lead to a lot of sneezing and runny noses. Germs can quickly be spread through sneezing, so make sure that tissues are always to hand rather than sneezing on yourself or your workstation! Ensure that desk wipes and hand sanitisers are readily available throughout the office - a key feature of our healthy workplace initiative - you can help to contain those germs! ACS perfect solution to this? The ACS Cleaning Cube which offers a complete personal solution to office hygiene! Watch our video here...
Despite the hot weather, try to keep the windows shut to prevent pollen being blown into your office. If it becomes too hot, try using a fan or air conditioning.
Depending on how your office is laid out, it may be that the windows are open by other colleagues to keep fresh air and a breeze in during summer. Don't begrudge them wanting some fresh air, but it may be a chance to ask if you can move desks during the most problematic months to one further away from the windows and/or doors that may be open.