Influenza is probably the one term that strikes the most fear in managers of various work places, including office settings, all around the country. To limit the flu “bug” from spreading employees need to work together, with great communication, to all accept their role in cleaning up their environment.
Yet the flu is only one of the maladies a company’s leadership must consider.
According to an online source published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, in-depth reports suggest that improving your cleaning methods often reduces rates of diarrheal diseases by 32 to 37 percent. Other websites that deal with health issues claim other stomach problems can be easily avoided by
- Sanitizing rest rooms,
- Regularly disinfecting door knobs and keyboards shared by multiple users, and
- Changing air filters and improving the air quality of all work spaces.
Obviously, areas where employees process food, cook, or eat, such as the employee’s cafeteria, need to be scrutinized, then wiped down. Finally, management should look in to best practices used by cleaning professionals today and implement them immediately.
Outside eating areas can’t be ignored either. When food gets left on an outside surface, the sunshine blends with the air in producing bacteria that rots the substance. Exposed bits of food can become potent in 24 hours or less, and mistaken contact with someone’s skin can have significant effects. Often, the person who touched it doesn’t realize they’re carrying around bacteria on their hands.
Several organizations devoted to better sanitation practices claim that companies now need to be more proactive in monitoring the kinds of disinfectants and chemicals the cleaning service is using. Many cleaning groups are more bottom-line conscious than they are sanitation conscious. Hence, office managers should take a little more time to examine what is stored in their janitor’s closet.
Another online website devoted to commercial cleaning processes reminds us that “the common cold can spread through an office like wildfire.” This site also emphasized the need to wipe germs from door handles and latches; they quoted a scientist specializing in germ research: “In our studies, we found if we put a racer virus on the doorknob of an office building, we can detect it on 50 percent of the people’s hands that work in the office and half of the surfaces they commonly touch,” says Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona. “People who come to work with the cold virus spread it around.”
The previous quote sums up the largest lesson companies must learn: a thorough approach to sanitation is a must if managers don’t want the physical space of their work areas to contribute to illness-related absences. To remove the threat, implementing these three or four steps can greatly help in achieving this goal.