The harsh winter months are upon us, and with them comes an increase in the number of people suffering from colds, flu, and other illnesses.
For many offices, this means a rise in sick days taken by the staff. Unfortunately, these days come at a time when businesses are busiest and can least afford them. To avoid this happening to you and your team there are some simple things you can do which will help keep diseases at bay while making sure everyone feels attached to their work environment:
Cleaning is one of the simplest ways to prevent sickness from spreading through an office. While it may be unpleasant for some on your team or on yourself, cleaning regularly ensures that germs don’t get into carpets, on desks, or on equipment. This means fewer people falling ill and more time for your employees to do the things they are paid to do.
When it comes to cleaning it’s not always about getting water out of hoses and sprays. Instead, you need to be cleverer than that and take a look at what you use as cleaning agents. Remember: we don’t just clean our homes with bleach and soapy water anymore – we’re smarter than that now and can realise when other ‘cleaning-esque substances may not actually be good for us! The same applies in an office environment; while bleach is great for killing germs, it’s terrible for human lungs, and just as bad for eyes if splashed. That’s why it’s important to keep your office clean with non-toxic cleaning agents that won’t harm your staff or their work.
Forget the gadgets
Toiletries are great – you can simply take them wherever you go and they provide an easy way of keeping yourself looking fresh throughout the working day. Plus they smell nice which is always a bonus! However, many toiletry items contain alcohol which can cause dryness on the skin, not to mention possible flammability issues. Instead, use products that are age appropriate for both younger and older members of your team.
Ditch these items & replace them with new ones
When it comes to company culture, nothing beats a familiar smell. But the same fragrance every day can get boring, which is why lots of companies switch up their air fresheners. Here at Sparkle Office we take this one step further and make sure that the different scents reflect your business; an approach guaranteed to leave visitors with a lasting impression of how professional you are. Of course, if you’re looking for something lighter then there’s always our non-fragrant varieties that will simply keep your office smelling fresh all year round!
Sweat the small stuff
It might not be glamorous but ensuring you have enough hand soap in your bathrooms is important so people don’t get sick from using public washing machines.
It’s surprising how many of us don’t wash our hands after going to the toilet and it only takes a small percentage of people not washing their hands properly before everyone is at risk. To avoid any issues at all make sure you stock up on hand soap and place your dispensers in convenient spots around your building; end-users will be grateful that they can use the same liquid as those on cleaning duty without any kind of conflict (and they won’t accidentally go out with mismatched smelling hands).