Avoiding Germs in the Workplace

It’s the time of year where everyone is prone to getting sick and germs are in the air. In every work environment, workers are prone to catching a cold or flu. That is why keeping your area clean and sanitary should be your number one priority in the coming months.

As a business owner or manager, it is crucial to recognize the little things and take initiative that will help your small company succeed. This means keeping your employees happy and in good health. If one of your employees were to fall ill, would you be able to give them enough time off without your business suffering?

Whether it is a minor cold or the dreaded flu it is important to take the necessary steps to avoid spreading any and all germs. We have some helpful tips to keep your business and work area clean and sanitary this winter season.

  • Keep sanitizing wipes on hand: A good practice you should consider is placing hand sanitizing wipes in the bathroom. Wipes do work better than gels, and they are quite inexpensive.
  • Easy access to cleaning supplies: You should have all cleaning supplies like, paper towels and sprays, available to clean any surface that someone has been working at. If possible, every surface someone has touched should be wiped down and cleaned whenever they are finished.
  • Encourage hand washing: You should be constantly telling your employees to wash their hands throughout the work day. Put up signs in the bathroom and kitchen areas that everyone can see.
  • Keep your distance: It is best to avoid exposure. If it is possible, avoid shaking ones hand, standing close to someone, or using a telephone or keyboard that is someone else’s. If your employees are ill, encourage them to take the time needed for their symptoms to go away. Do not rush them back to work; you could potentially get yourself sick.

 

The average adult is known to get sick 2-3 times per year and the winter months account for most of that sick time. Your office and work areas are filled with germs that can be avoided. Make sure that you, as an employer, are taking the necessary precautions to keep your business clean and sanitary for your employees. Let’s all stay healthy and happy this winter!

Sources:

How to Clean Anything (www.howtocleananything.com)

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