Cold and flu season is most certainly upon us. Not only can these seasonal sicknesses disrupt our personal lives, but they can have a big impact on how productive we are at work, too. Studies have shown that Americans miss an astronomical amount of school and work simply due to the common cold, and we end up paying dearly — to the tune of $5 billion a year, nationwide — on doctor visits and treatments.
Therefore, it’s important that employers make a conscious effort to reduce the risk of spreading these illnesses in the workplace. When employees are healthier, they’re also happier; productivity goes up and absences go down. To help maintain a healthier work environment this flu season, follow these three simple rules for workplace health:
- Post healthy habit reminders
Did you know that the typical office worker’s hands come in contact with 10 million bacteria every single day? We run the risk of getting sick every time we come into the office. Employers can help cut down on the risk of illness by posting signs in common areas that encourage workers to utilize healthy habits. Remind employees to wash their hands with soap, clean equipment and kitchen items, throw out old items in the fridge, and to regularly disinfect their desks and computers. You should also remind employees that they can get flu vaccines covered by insurance through the workplace, if applicable.
- Encourage employees to use sick days
Many workers may be tempted to come into the office when they’re sick. While this is sometimes unavoidable, it can have a big impact on the staff as a whole. If your business covers sick days in some capacity, encourage employees to use them. Absences can disrupt productivity, but it’s better to have one employee out sick than several. Help stop the spread of contagious germs and diseases by assuring workers they can — and should — stay home if they are feeling ill.
- Hire a commercial cleaning company
One of the best ways to stop the spread of germs is to hire a commercial cleaning service. Regular office cleaning is especially important for common areas with high traffic and a high risk of contamination, like the bathrooms and kitchen. While employees can handle the little chores that help keep the office clean, you should have a commercial cleaning company take care of the rest. Don’t let a dirty carpet or cubicle keep your employees from wanting to come to work. Hiring a commercial cleaning company will give both you and your workers peace of mind, a more pleasant experience, and better health overall.
This winter, let us help you make your business a healthier, happier place. Call us today to schedule your office cleaning!