As we go into flu season, now is an especially important time to ensure that your workplace is prepared to help fight off viral threats and improve safer working conditions for you and your team. Not sure where to start?
Below we’ve compiled a list of best practices to use when getting ready to protect you and your employees from germs and bacteria spreading. We’ve learned, it’s always better to help empower your team at work to be prepared to fight germs, then to have half of everyone call in sick Monday morning.
So without further delay, let’s dive into some ways we can help keep germs from transmitting in the workplace!
Keep hand sanitizers handy
It’s a good idea to make sure all common areas are stocked with hand sanitizer. Most people without thinking about it sneeze in their hands, and then touch the handle of a door, so having hand sanitizer available for our team to use is important. Place one on each employees desk, keep one at the front desk, and place one in the restrooms and break room.
Regularly sanitize objects
It’s very important to regularly sanitize commonly used items in the office, including things like:
a. Light switches
b. Phones and headsets
c. Keyboards and mouses
d. Door handles
e. Window blind handles
All of these areas are hotspots for transmitting germs. Some people may use a Clorox wipe to disinfect, however, we recommend using a natural cleaner from green companies like Method, Myers or even an E-Cloth, which disinfects areas using just water.
Disinfect work areas and desks
For high traffic areas like workspaces, kitchen countertops and sink areas, you really want to be wiping these down and cleaning them daily. This sounds like a lot, but it’s worth it. Doing it once per week is just enough time to let germs spread.
Keep the air purified
Germs aren’t just transmitted through physical contact, but can be airborne too. Some people may choose to spray lysol a couple of times per day, but a natural solution to purifying the air is using a diffuser with lemon 100% pure essential oil.
Clean heavily used areas
Make sure the bathroom toilets get cleaned and disinfected, as well as the kitchen counter tops, microwave and fridge. Not sure how many times to clean and sanitize your office? Walmart cleans their bathrooms 2x per day! Depending on how many employees and customers use your restrooms, you should clean them anywhere from 1x per day to 3x per week.
It’s also a good idea to help bring awareness to your employees about the spread of germs. Printing out white labels that explain the severity of the flu and cold season and then hanging those labels up around the office or placing them in plaques at the front reception desk is an easy and effective way to help your teammates do their part in combating sickness in the workplace.