A clean workplace means healthier employees
The winter season must be a comfortable season for many. It can give you tremendous relief from the heat of the summer sun. People living in the Northern areas of the US can experience snowfall and ice. That should be great fun. However, along with its share of fun, the winter brings the flu and colds as well.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the colds and flu affect between 5% and 20% of the entire US population. This cold and flu season, as the name it reaches its peak in December and extends up to February.
The effects of the flu:
The cold and flu can take a toll on the health of the ordinary person. In addition, it affects the business environment as well. More employees start reporting sick and avail their sick leave thereby affecting the productivity of the company. Costs wise, the estimates for meeting the hospitalization charges of the employees would be in the range of $10.4 billion a year. If this figure were huge, you have to consider that we have not accounted for the productivity loss and the overtime one has to pay for the substitutes. Moreover, the cold and flu are contagious, capable of affecting others as well.
Steps to make it easy:
“A clean workplace means healthier employees.” An employer should emphasize this fact on the employees. The following steps should make it easy for both to live up to the statement above. You should underline the importance of the entire exercise to the cleaning service staff.
· Training to reduce bacterial, viral, and other communicable diseases
The cleaning service staff has an onerous responsibility. You can make them aware of the importance of maintaining cleanliness and eliminating the germs entirely instead of just dusting around the place.
· Train them in the proper way to touch the important touch points:
The communicable diseases spread very fast. People share various electronic equipments such as computer keyboards, mice, telephones, and switches, etc. An infected person can easily pass on the infection to others in case he or she does not exercise complete hygiene. Inculcate the good habits among the cleaning staff in this matter.
· Use the right kind of cleaning equipment:
Ensure that the cleaning service staff has access to and use the right type of cleaning equipment. Educate them about the importance of using the right instruments in the right manner.
· Check the frequency of the cleaning
Cleaning the office areas as frequently as possible should be advisable under such circumstances.
Tips to the employees:
This was as far as the cleaning service staff was concerned. Your employees could do with a few tips as well. You should remember that Cleanliness starts with the self.
· Use disinfectant wipes to clean the work areas as frequently as possible.
· Encourage them to wash their hands every time they use the restrooms. Inculcate the habit of using the hand sanitizer regularly.
· In case the employees are sick, you can ask them to better take rest at home rather than come to the office and infect others in the process.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. It is in our hands to keep the workplace clean. A clean workplace means healthier employees and thereby better productivity.