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Chances are, the people who clean your office have been instructed not to move, rearrange or throw out your papers and clutter, no matter how much of a mess you make at work during the day. So it’s up to you to clean your desktop and often-used work tools like telephones.

Especially when the weather changes and your colleagues start coming  to work with the flu, it’s important to keep germs to a mininum. Here are three ways to do that:

  1. Keep a stash of disinfectant wipes at your desk and use them to wipe down your keyboard, mouse, phone, headset and other tools you touch every day at work. And avoid sharing those items with co-workers, who can infect your space if their own cubicles aren’t sanitized.
  2. Wash your hands often during the day. Use soap, and let the water run for 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face; your hands can spread germs to your eyes, mouth and nose.
  3. Avoid sick colleagues, even from a distance. Don’t shake their hands, sip from their coffee or touch their phones or keyboards.

A University of Arizona study reveals that your office contains more bacteria than a toilet seat. Do your part to keep it clean.

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