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We need some health guidelines in the office!

Example 1: Some guy comes into work with a fever, because if he took a day off, he loses that day's pay (he's a contractor). It turned out to be a flu and 5 of us who work around him was sick after

Example 2: There is one guy who NEVER washes his hands after he goes to the bathroom (regardless of #1 or #2).

Example 3: One guy brings alot of food and tupperware to the office to eat. The thing is he never cleans up after himself. Theres piles of unwashed tupperware and papertowels hanging around.
Permalink  
March 4th, 2005
It sounds to me like you spend an inordinate amount of your time worrying about what your co-workers are doing. Get a life.
Permalink muppet 
March 4th, 2005
Way harsh, muppet. You really think the OP shouldn't be concerned how the actions/decisions of others affect his health?
Permalink muppet is a meany! :-P 
March 4th, 2005
For #1:
Get a HEPA air filter for your cube. Should cut down on other plagues spread by other folks (especially ones with children) as well as irritation/allergies from pollen/mold. Also cuts down on dust, and I recommend every server room have one as well.

For #2:
Don't touch him/her/it. Don't let them near you. They should have learned to wash themselves after the bathroom when len(age.toString)=1. Every restaurant has signs demanding employees wash themselves for the reason that there are millions of incompetant parents every where. If he/she/it comes to your cube, get those bactericidal wetwipy things, and wipe down what ever he/she/it touches. Optional: wait for the slob to leave your cube before getting out the wipies. E. Coli belongs in your colon, not in your food.

For #3:
At the end of the day, if you go home after the slob. Find a box, scrape the crap into the box and place it on the desk/chair of the slob. Optional: find them a wife.
Permalink Peter 
March 4th, 2005
#1: I agree with Peter's suggestion - if "Typhoid Mary" wants to come in then at least it should help out. Hopefully you're not working too closely with this person. I know that some companies simply say "stay home" if you're sick, but I wonder if it's possible for the contractor to work from home?

#2: That's just gross. I had a former boss who did the same thing, and naturally put his hands all over the finger food and appetizers at lunches and department gatherings. I kept track of what he touched and stayed away from it. I would suggest bring this up with your manager. Your company is potenitally looking at a very serious health problem. Personally, I would use a lead pipe upside the head...

#3: I love Peter's idea. Definitely one good way to change their behavior. I would also bring this up with your manager and his manager. If you did that at my work you would get a nasty lecture about cleanliness.

Sounds like you work with a bunch of pigs. No wait - the pigs would probably have higher levels of hygiene...
Permalink Erik 
March 4th, 2005
> Get a life.

Ever notice when some idiot doesn't like your idea of a life they say get a life?
Permalink son of parnas 
March 4th, 2005
"It sounds to me like you spend an inordinate amount of your time worrying about what your co-workers are doing. Get a life."

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It sounds to me like you spend an inordinate amount of your time worrying about the quality of other people's lives. Get a job.
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Permalink Snark 
March 4th, 2005
---" > Get a life.

Ever notice when some idiot doesn't like your idea of a life they say get a life?"----

Yea, grossly unfair. The thing is all of them do have a life. It's just that they don't think one's enough, and want to run everybody else's.
Permalink Stephen Jones 
March 4th, 2005
#1 - maybe not so good with contractors, but in my company it is solved by people being able to stay home for a day or two with no paperwork required as long as they alert their boss and their work is done on time.
Permalink Flasher T 
March 4th, 2005
Muppet,

You're a moron.

Contagious people shouldn't spread germs to coworkers. People should wash their hands after the bathroom. Would you eat food from a restaurant with sick waiters and cooks that didn't wash their hands?

#3 is the only one without a major health problem - unless this guy is leaving dishes around until they grow mold. But it could also lead to cockroaches or other bugs depending on the location of the company.

Unhygenic and slobby people don't have a right to do whatever they want unless they are in their own houses.
Permalink NathanJ 
March 4th, 2005
Grosses me out when I'm drying my hands and some guy just walks out of the stall and straight out the door.
Permalink Alex 
March 4th, 2005
Alex -

You'd hate me then, I do it all the time. The hard water and cheap soap where I work makes me break out. My hands would be raw and oozing if I washed my hands at work regularly.

Instead I have hand sanitizer on my desk, and I use it as soon as I return from just about anywhere: lunch, the bathroom, whatever.

How do you know the folks you see walking out aren't doing the same thing, and what business is it of yours?
Permalink muppet 
March 4th, 2005
"what business is it of yours"

Remember this when your friends spank their children.
Permalink Rick Tang 
March 4th, 2005
what business is it of yours?

- when you touch the handle of the bathroom door with your unsanitized hands
Permalink DJ 
March 4th, 2005
You need more fiber in your diet if you go to the bathroom so much your hands would get chapped.
Permalink NathanJ 
March 4th, 2005
DJ -

I'm sorry, sparky, but that's a lost cause. In a building with hundreds or even dozens of employees, there will always be ONE guy who touches that door handle without washing, even if I suddenly "see the light" and don't do it, he will, and the handle is already "sullied".

And I'm sorry, I'm not going to reduce my hands to withered stumps so that you can feel good about touching the door. Do what everyone where I work does and use a paper towel to handle the door.

As for spankings: violence against children is a WHOLE lot different than washing or not washing your hands, but you knew that before you made such a stupid comment.
Permalink muppet 
March 4th, 2005
NathanJ -

Or maybe I have extremely poor skin, and Crohn's Disease.

Any more stupid generalizations?
Permalink muppet 
March 4th, 2005
Stupid? Both are considered harm to others.
Permalink Rick Tang 
March 4th, 2005
Next, you would tolerate a person with aids put a needle he used into your skin.
Permalink Rick Tang 
March 4th, 2005
Like I said, there are some psycopaths on this board.
Permalink muppet 
March 4th, 2005
I guess Crohn's Disease sucks. No wonder you are such a bitch all the time.

Still, that is even more reason for you to wash your plague ridden hands.
Permalink NathanJ 
March 4th, 2005
Look at the mirror.
Permalink Rick Tang 
March 4th, 2005
Nathan, that's too much.
Permalink Rick Tang 
March 4th, 2005
Only Muppet's right hand is chapped.
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