Lately, everyone is sick at work. Sick-sick, too. Like, gross sick.
And I realized why late yesterday evening as I wandered into the break room.
You know why?
The candy dish.
Just imagine for a second. So, a coworker or boss or supervisor reveals a box of chocolates (cue Forrest Gump joke) or a bag of candy or treats from some vendor or client that wants to thank you for your services.
Pretty cool, right?
Well, cue the vultures. About 5 to 15 coworkers will touch a box of candy or treat, depending on the size and amount.
Everyone dips their bare hands into the bowl, plate or box of sugary crap none of us should be eating.
Remember, all of these hands have been coughed on, sneezed on, wiping their noses, wiping their ears, touching their body parts as they went to the bathroom (and you know a lot of people don’t wash their hands after the bathroom). And now, all of these hands are touching food that you are about to indulge in. Sure, there’s a chance that people end up eating whatever they touch. But not everyone follows that policy.
So why does the germ in the office regurgitate itself over and over again? Especially around the holiday season?
The candy. The cookies. The treats.
Take caution. And if you must indulge, be the first vulture before the others touch it first!
And for God’s sake people, wash your hands.
With that said, Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday season everyone!