Focus on office cleaning this winter

December 7th, 2012 Category: Office Cleaning

Effective office cleaning could help prevent workers falling victim to winter bugs over the coming months.

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), people are particularly susceptible to influenza at this time of year.

As a result, it believes taking steps to prevent the spread of germs in the workplace could be useful.

The BBB suggested using tissues, disinfectants and hand sanitisers to keep offices clean and advised employers to make sure they are easily available to everybody.

Businesses were also told to ensure computers, telephones and other pieces of shared equipment are properly cleaned, along with any common areas.

Of course, employers must think they are busy enough throughout the Christmas rush to spend time concentrating on cleaning, while some may simply not have the money to do as effective a job as they would like.

As a result, it could be a good idea for them to bring in external contract cleaners, as they will have the expertise and equipment to make sure an office is germ-free throughout the winter.

If it means members of staff don't end up being forced to spend time off sick, it is certainly a sound and ultimately cost-effective investment to make.

"Keep your employees healthy by maintaining a clean and productive work environment," BBB commented.

Company bosses were also advised to allow staff to work from home if they are feeling under the weather.

After all, anyone who is carrying germs could end up infecting their colleagues, so staying away from the office could help to reduce the number of people who end up being floored by the flu.

"If employees are sick, they should stay at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer show symptoms," said BBB.

The organisation added that this approach could be incorporated in a firm's leave policy, so businesses are prepared for the eventuality of a worker operating at home rather than on site.

Companies may therefore be able to negotiate the tricky Christmas period with a minimum of disruption.