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It is cold and flu season again. It comes around every year and it seems like every year I get sick. I already have my first cold of the season. We can’t completely avoid getting sick, we don’t live in isolated bubbles. No matter how diligent we are we still live with the human race and we love some of the germiest people on earth AKA kids and grandkids.

I have included 4 links to websites by WebMD, Prevention.com, CDC, and a home health care site. They all have great tips on how to prevent yourself and others from getting the nasty stuff that goes around.

The biggest most important tip is to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. There have countless studies that show when you cover up you do not spread germs. Kleenex, Puffs, Kirkland, Chandaria, and a whole bunch of other companies make inexpensive facial tissues that are perfect for keeping the spread of germs in check.

The second biggest tip is to wash your hands with soap and water. Every time you go to the bathroom and every time you cough or sneeze. None of us want your gross germs; please wash them down the drain. If you can’t wash your hands at least use handsanitizer it is better than nothing.

Just so you know if you do not do these two simple things people are going to want to hose you down with a disinfectant like Lysol. There have been many a time I have wanted to; the only thing that stopped me is I didn’t have any. I worked with a woman who would do that, not very nice but very effective. Just an FYI this is not a recommended use of that product.

A third tip is once you are feeling better besides cleaning everything with a disinfectant like Clorox or Purell or Lysol wipes get a new toothbrush. Your toothbrush is a major source of germs and if you can’t get a new one at least soak it in Listerine. Kill as many of the sick germs as you can so you don’t make yourself sick again.

So please be considerate, cover your face and wash your hands. You do not want us spraying you down with Lysol.

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/11-tips-prevent-cold-flu

http://www.prevention.com/health/9-cold-and-flu-facts

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

http://homehealthcareconnection.org/2015/10/cold-and-flu-prevention-tips/

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Have you ever worked for a company that was so frightened by one mishap that they went overboard in their security? I worked for a company where an idiot was caught with child porn. Now he was not caught on the premises with it but there was a possibility that he checked his personal email on one of the company computers.

Because of this one person’s stupidity the company reacted by restricting the internet for everyone.  I understand the fear this engendered, the authorities could have seized the servers of the company and that would have been a major hardship because of the loss of data.

Here is the problem with restricting the internet and adding terms that people can’t use. There was a potential customer whose name is Dick. We could not email him because that is was a restricted word. I had to beg the IT people to let email to and from him through. Seriously, I wish I was kidding about it.

The company was so fearful about what was being looked at that it restricted blogs. There is a lot of good marketing and sales information to be gleaned from blogs, but if I wanted to see any of it I had to request permission from the IT person.

The company was so fearful that if I went to a website that was unrated I had to ask permission to see it. So looking at small companies who were often the bread and butter of my company was a slow and cumbersome process.

I understand the fear that one person can cause, because of one person’s stupidity it made not just my job hard to do it made the whole company shrink. Instead of making the company a safer place it made peoples jobs more cumbersome, less nimble, and very frustrating. It fed an already unhappy workforce into even more malaise.

There are better ways to protect your company. There are better ways to tell your employees that hey there was one stupid person but we still trust you. Instead the company did the exact opposite.

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