As winter’s grip tightens, so does the looming threat of cold and flu season among your golf crew. Contagious illness can have noticeable and sometimes severe effects on your facility, which is why it’s vital to put preventative measures in place. We’re sharing insights from Mike Gracie, the superintendent of the Redlands Country Club in California, with whom we sat down to chat about his most important cold, flu, and pandemic tips for other superintendents.

1. Prevention is Better than a Cure
Gracie’s approach is straightforward: be vigilant. ‘Temperature checks before work shifts,’ he emphasizes. Communicate clear guidelines and build a safety-oriented culture. At Redlands, ‘sanitization and hand hygiene are core,’ ensuring health reigns supreme.

2. Communication
In turbulent times, regular communication was Gracie’s lifesaver. Overcommunicating safety measures kept the crew aligned and informed, helping to prevent the further spread of the disease. Multilingual resources, like those from Golf Safety, are helpful to use to ensure that everyone’s on the same page regardless of any language barriers.

3. Collective Responsibility
For Gracie, it’s all about ‘the betterment of the whole crew.’ Encouraging unwell members to stay home rather than come to work despite their symptoms reduces risks for the entire team. He champions collective effort, stressing the importance of everyone striving to maintain the team’s health.

Unfortunately, seasonal illnesses are an unavoidable fact of life. For the best chances of preventing the spread and reducing the risks to your team, it’s important to make sure they receive thorough safety training. To read more in-depth insights from our interview with Gracie and learn more about preparing your crew for flu season, read the full article on the GCSAA site.

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