How clean do you think your office is? If you answered very, you’re probably wrong. Whilst your office might look tidy and clean, it could actually be harbouring thousands of breeding germs. These germs can cause illness amongst your office staff that can spread like wildfire, meaning costly employee absence and a demotivated workforce as everybody feels under the weather. But this can all be avoided through some simple tips and tricks enforced throughout the workplace.
We all remember the campaign from the NHS about “catch it, bin it, kill it”. It’s the ‘kill it’ bit we are interested in. The best way to prevent the spread of germs is to keep hands clean, if you sneeze, wash your hands with warm water and soap to kill any germs you may have caught. This stops the spread of germs from happening and prevents other employees from catching the illness. As strange as it sounds, there are certain ways hands should be washed that aren’t always known, installing a posted on proper hand washing technique near wash areas could help your employees ensure they are removing the risk of spreading germs to their colleague.
Often, all that’s needed to make a change is better education. And just because your office is full of adults, it doesn’t mean they can’t learn anything new. There are plenty of ways to educate your employees about how to prevent spreading illness in the workplace. From simply putting up posters like the ones for handwashing mentioned above or quick bits of information can educate your employees better on how germs are spread, the effects of this and how to stop it. Failing that, there are plenty of companies who can come into your workplace for demonstrations and talks about stopping the spread of germs.
So, now your employees are killing their germs, it’s time to kill any that have already settled down to cause problems in your office. From work surfaces to kitchens and even floors germs can get just about anywhere. Which is why you need to deep clean your office on a regular basis to ensure that germs can’t call your office home. A deep clean involves much more than your regular cleaning ritual though, it’s about cleaning places you forgot even existed in your office and leaving the space looking brand new. Whilst you can do this yourself it’s often easier, cheaper and more efficient to hire a commercial cleaning company. Specialist cleaning companies have the experience and knowledge in deep cleaning, as well as a whole host of powerful and eco-friendly cleaning products that get the job done quickly with no germs left behind.
When you were a kid, you’d do anything to get a day off sick. Funny how that’s changed in the workplace where even if you are ill you do anything to make sure you get to work and stay on top of all those important deadlines. Often times, employees feel like they need to come into work when in reality it’s one of the worst things they can do. Coming into the office means bringing their illness with them, which can easily spread to other employees and it all ends with everybody being ill. If it’s possible, you should encourage employees to work from home, so they can still be productive but don’t put other employees in the firing line of any rogue sneezes or coughs.