According to the CDC, about 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S population are diagnosed with Influenza every year. There are a few things, employers can do to lessen the chances of getting flu, or any of the other illnesses that we are exposed to every day. To be able to work better and to be more productive, one needs to work in a clean and safe working environment.
Install hand-sanitizing stations throughout the workplace.
Washing your hands is the number one recommendation for stopping the spread of germs. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an effective complement to regular handwashing. It should never be substituted for soap and water, as particular species of bacteria are becoming tolerant of alcohol. Place hand-sanitizing stations in high-traffic areas, such as near the restrooms or outside meeting rooms.
Schedule office cleaning.
Depending on the size of your office, you may need to increase the frequency of cleaning. For this you will need janitorial services. By employing a cleaning service company you will rest easy knowing that all working surfaces and the entire workplace is thoroughly clean. Flu viruses and other germs can live longer on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables. These surfaces can spread germs since they are touched much more often and need to be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
The janitorial company you choose should use chemicals that are gentle, yet effective in killing potentially harmful germs. When setting up your plan of action with your local janitorial company you must consider about the areas of your workplace that you want and need to focus on. The communal areas are where the largest number of people meet and come into contact with each other and it is a good idea to target these places. These rooms are usually the restroom, the kitchen and the reception area. They should also provide you a list of services to choose from so that you can customize your cleaning on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Regular Wipe Downs
The cleaning company should also supply you with antibacterial wipes, and tissues for employee use. By providing antibacterial wipes, employees may be more inclined to regularly disinfect their desks and electronic items which they handle often. First make sure it is safe to wipe the electronics and follow label directions on the wipes.
Clean the air.
Even if employees are careful about be spreading the flu virus. It is important to clean the air in the workplace. To better fight the spread of the flu at the office, consider installing an air purifier. This will allow clean air to flow into the work space. Also Ensure you HVAC system is functioning properly to keep the air unpolluted and prevent germs as well as flu viruses from circulating in the air.
By hiring a trustworthy cleaning company, you will have the peace of mind that your home away from home is clean. Contact BRAVO! a commercial cleaning company dedicated to scheduled office cleaning and HVAC maintenance to provide a healthy working environment. A healthy environment will not only reduce sick days for your employees but it will motivate them increasing productivity and your clients will reap the positive effects, as well.