One of the hardest things about working in an office is getting sick from sharing such close quarters with other people. Germs are everywhere, and they forge their paths into offices a number of ways. For instance, some people have children – kids are notorious germ harbingers – and those playground germs might end up on the breakroom counter if a mother rests her purse there while she gets coffee. Or, let’s say a security guard works the night shift and he comes in right after a little league game. While he makes his rounds, the common cold jumps off of him and all over the office, then before you know it: Everyone is coughing and sneezing.
Luckily, this cold season in the office doesn’t have to be a minefield riddled with germs. We’ve been providing Philadelphia with cleaning services for years, so we know a thing or two about how cleanliness can prevent sickliness. If you take a few of these simple measures, you and your coworkers should only miss time for the holidays this cold and flu season!
1. Provide supplies. Find a few extra dollars and invest in some cleaning wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer. Make sure everyone has access to them. You’ll want to put some in every cluster of desks and other places people congregate.
2. Let your employees know you want to avoid sickness this cold season! Tell them where you’ve made the wipes available and explain that this endeavor of yours is not a reprimand, but instead a gesture meant to benefit everyone.
3. Instruct your employees to wipe down their work spaces at the start of, and at the end of, every day to keep them as disinfected as possible. Also, if some of your workers eat at their desks, make sure they know to give their desks a wipe-down when they’re finished eating.
4. Remind everyone to sanitize their hands often, especially after a cough or sneeze.
5. Go disposable as often as possible. For example, if you’re having cake for a birthday, use disposable plates and silverware instead of the ceramic stuff in the kitchen.
6. Speaking of the kitchen, make sure everyone knows they should clean their dishes as soon as they’re finished with them! Leaving dirty dishes in a sink is a great way to start a germ cesspool.
7. Wipe down communal objects after they are used. For instance, wipe down the conference room table after your team wraps up a meeting.
8. This isn’t a cleaning tip, but make it a priority to have sick workers stay home!
9. Hire a professional cleaning service to do a thorough job.
We hope you enjoyed these cleaning tips from the team of professionals at Mac’s Janitorial Services. Give us a call if you want your office optimized for sickness prevention. And feel free to check out our website for more information about the other services we offer Mercer County, NJ, and its surrounding areas, like building maintenance and other specialized cleaning.