Take a quick look around your workplace.
Amid the hypnotising hum of the air conditioning, the rhythmic tapping of keyboards, the relaxing bubble of the water cooler and the general hustle and bustle of office life, a dangerous imposter quietly lurks.
Invisible to the naked eye, but always ready to strike, these minuscule workplace interlopers – otherwise known as bacteria – can heap misery on your workforce if your hygiene standards aren’t up to scratch …
… and the problem is commonplace the world over.
For instance, according to a study of 100,000 people across Europe, 62 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women don’t wash their hands after using the toilet, which increases the risk of cross contamination and the spread of illness in the workplace.
Surprising, isn’t it?
As a result, it’s important your firm attempts to mitigate risk when it comes to employee illness, with a variety of measures implemented to improve hygiene standards across the board. Here are a few ways to get started …
Promote Proper Hand Washing
If you’re the type of person who flicks their mitts under water for a nanosecond after using the loo, it’s time to re-evaluate your hand washing habits and scrub those digits properly. Consequently, make sure your firm’s washroom services are up to scratch.
Additionally, be sure to dry your hands properly, whether that’s using a hand dryer or the old fashioned paper towel method, as wet mitts help bacteria to thrive, which is a situation you definitely want to avoid in a busy workplace.
Encourage Your Employees
With a large number of employees crammed into a relatively small space, it’s inevitable there’ll be a fair amount of messy desks and cross contamination going on – but by encouraging your employees to follow the hand washing principles above, you can begin to reduce absenteeism.
In fact, most workers will be willing to get on board, as it’s absolutely no fun snivelling at your desk due a bacterial infection that could’ve been avoided, so be sure to print off this advice and post it liberally around the premises.
Spring Clean the Workplace
If your workplace looks like the bomb squad has been having a go at it, with more pizza boxes and useless junk than a municipal dump, it’s high time you gave the place a well deserved spring clean – and get rid of the clutter once and for all.
More importantly, aside from helping to prevent illness, an uncluttered workplace will give your employees a new lease of life and make sure it gives clients and customer alike the right idea when they visit your premises.