Now more than ever, people are concerned about how they can stay clean, safe, and healthy when at their place of business. And while a big portion of this responsibility falls on the individual, there are things you can do as an organization to help ensure that your customers and employees have the best chance of avoiding coming in contact with something that could make them sick.
To show you how this can be done, here are three tips for keeping your business space clean and safe.
Encourage Clean Workstations
If your organization is one in which your employees have their own personal workstations where they spend the majority of their time, Lisa Nagele-Piazza, a contributor to SHRM.org, recommends that you take steps that will encourage your staff to keep their workstations clean.
To do this, you may want to provide cleaning supplies for them to use at their discretion. You could also put up posters or other reminders about which areas of a workstation have the most germs and should be cleaned the most frequently. These areas include things like keyboards, desktops, doorknobs, remote controls, and more. Additionally, you can set a good example for your employees by ensuring that your workstation is always clean and that you frequently are taking steps to sanitize as you see fit.
Get More Air Moving
One reason why it’s more common that people will pick up some kind of bug in the office is that there are a lot of people stuck in a relatively small area.
To combat this, you may want to try getting more air moving in your space. This will help to clear out any stagnant air that could be clinging to germs or other particles that are hanging in the air around your space. According to the CDC, the best way to get more air moving is to simply open any windows you have in your office space. By bringing in fresh air, you can clean some of the air inside from pollutants that you may not even be cognizant of.
Reduce Physical Contact
We have now seen just how hazardous it can be to come in contact with someone that is sick. And while not a lot of physical contact is necessary for many jobs, there are certain types of contact that are commonplace in a professional environment.
One great way to avoid this, according to Scottie Andrew and Yiwen Niu, contributors to CNN.com, is to abstain from shaking hands with others. While this may be a hard habit to break, by reducing physical contact, you will be better able to keep yourself and others in your workplace healthier.
If you’re wanting or needing to take steps to make your place of business safer and healthier, consider using the tips mentioned above to assist you in keeping things clean.