It's that time of year again; the dreaded cold and flu season. Offices are beginning to become filled with sniffs and sneezes and employers often wonder what they can do to halt the spiral of illness-related slowdown and loss of productivity.
Minimizing communicable diseases is an important part of running a healthy and happy office space, and flu season is often the litmus test. You can fortify your environment and your workers from an outbreak by taking precautions and planning for flu season with a focus on prevention.
Encouraging your employees to get a flu shot, providing hand sanitizer and wipes for work stations, and asking sick employees to telecommute or stay home when they're suffering are great preventative measures every employer should take, but they're not enough to make a dent in the flu season without some heavy backup.
You can fortify your office against flu and cold germs through the use of professional office cleaning. Proper office cleaning can be optimized to combat germs in a work environment, with special care to common spaces, work areas, and high-traffic surfaces.
Professional cleaning services will focus on cleaning your office and keeping it hygienic, especially in places where germs tend to migrate the most. Surfaces like copiers, the lunch room, and even doorknobs all need to be sanitized at least once a day.
All of the areas that hands touch throughout the day should also be sanitized, including:
- Copier and fax machine buttons
- Computer equipment (mouse, printer, monitor, keyboard)
- Elevator buttons
- Shared tools, books, or other equipment
A professional cleaning service, like ServiceMaster Quality Services, will focus on preventing the spread of germs, but they will also focus on daily sanitation such as taking out the trash, vacuuming the carpet, and helping eliminate indoor allergens alongside the germs. An important part of keeping employees healthy and happy is providing a sanitary, health-conscious environment.
If you're interested in learning more about fortifying your office against colds and flu, or simply want more information on how professional office cleaning services can benefit your office, staff, and employees, please contact us. We'll be happy to explore the options for your business and help you find the right fit of services for your office.