As we move into the warmer months, the change of temperature from the cold Winter to the warm Spring is a breeding ground for bacteria. This, in turn, causes many of us to catch flu and colds. If you have a large office with many staff, you are likely to see an increase in sick days for your employees. Here are a few tips to minimise germs and bacteria in the workplace:
- Provide antibacterial wipes to employees
In the office, there are many areas which can be a magnet for germs – such as desks, phones, keyboards, and computer mouses. Desks should be wiped down every day with an antibacterial wipe, which as we know is not done.
If staff can get into a routine of wiping their desk before they go home or when they come into work, this will reduce the risk of germs and bacteria being spread.
- Assigning areas to employees to keep an eye on
If you can assign a different employee each week to monitor the communal kitchen area, checking to see who is and isn’t cleaning up after themselves, this will make a big difference to the cleanliness of the area and will again reduce the number of germs and bacteria.
You could even start to use recyclable disposable cups and add a hand sanitizer to the area.
- Bring some life back to the office!
By simply adding some plants to the office, this will increase the oxygen levels which should help motivate staff.
Painting the walls or a new carpet would also freshen up the office and should make for a happier more productive workplace.
- Reducing the amount of clutter in the office
If you can reduce the amount of clutter you have in the office, then there is less room for dust to build up, hence lowering the number of germs.
Lots of companies have gone green by removing paper and filing systems from the workplace, this could be something to consider.
Putting these new methods into place may come at a cost, but when you take into consideration the overall cost of paying for staff to have sick days, the benefits of spring cleaning your business really do make sense.
Making sure that health is at the forefront of employees’ minds will be part of an effective overall campaign in the workplace. Encourage them to take the cleanliness and hygiene of their work area as seriously as they would their home, and this should make such a massive difference.
However, this is easier said than done. Some employees can be lazy when it comes to cleaning tasks. If this is the case within your business, you should really think about hiring a professional commercial cleaning company that can make sure your workplace is always clean and hygienic and a pleasant place to be.
We can ensure that your office is not only clean but also sanitized to prevent the spread of germs and reduce the chances of your employees becoming ill, so you contact us and we can look after all of your cleaning needs.
We offer competitive pricing and bespoke packages to meet your cleaning needs. Specialist cleaning materials and equipment are used, and we also have eco-friendly products as part of our green cleaning service. We also stock a full range of cleaning products and consumable items such as paper towels and luxury hand soaps which can be ordered and delivered the next working day.