Steps You Can Take To Prevent Workplace Illness And Germ TransmissionThe United States is one of the worst culprits in the world. Trying to save their sick and vacation days, employees come into work sick all the time. When they get to work, their productivity suffers. This costs the company money. They also spread the virus that they have, making other employees sick. This will eventually lead to a domino effect of lost productivity.
There are a few ways to handle this problem. One of the solutions is to give your employees more sick days. Of course, the employees would all love this move. But it may end up costing your business even more when your employees say that they are sick, but they really aren’t. They are most likely enjoying a daiquiri on the beach somewhere while the company falls behind and work piles up.
One of the most obvious and overlooked solutions to this problem is to step up the company’s hygiene policy. Most viruses are contracted when someone who is infected touches a surface. That infected surface remains a liability for a couple of minutes or a few hours; depending on the type of virus. Then another employee touches the same surfaces. A simple itch of the nose, rub of the eyes or wipe of the mouth then introduces that virus to the employee. And that introduction leads to more contaminated surfaces and lost productivity.
Before the next flu season, you might want to take steps in preventing an airborne illness outbreak. There are a few steps that every employee can take:
1. Have a Meeting
It is important for the company to make sanitation a priority. The company should even go so far as to write down a memo to hand out at the meeting. The memo should outline the company’s sanitation policy that every employee is expected to follow. Not only will this help in the fight against workplace illness, it will stop workplace infighting.
We all know that some employees are cleaner than others. And we all know that clean people like to be in a very clean environment. This policy will raise the cleanliness habits of the less clean employees, making everyone in the office feel better.
2. Wash Your Hands
It is just good etiquette to wash your hands when you are in the bathroom. But not everybody has time to get to the bathroom when they need to wash their hands. What is the employee handles a mess in the workplace, eats food or blows their nose? They need to wash their hands as soon as possible in order to stop infection from spreading.
The answer is simple. Buy a few different alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations and place them around the office. These hand sanitizers kill over 99% of bacteria and germs. They can also be motion activated and placed on a stand. This way, nobody needs to touch anything to wash their hands effectively.
3. Disinfect the Office Regularly
Make sure that the janitorial staff has their hands on disinfectant cleaners. They can be in the form of all-purpose cleaners or they can be specialty cleaners for the floor or bathrooms. By having the janitorial staff clean every day using anti-bacterial cleaners, you effectively reduce the chances of transmission. Also, you don’t need to rely on compliance from your work staff, who may or may not adhere to the new sanitation policy. This is a failsafe method of reducing the chances of workplace illness. But people may get sick, even in the cleanest offices. If and when that happens, urge your workers to stay at home. Keep your workplace isolated.