Just because something looks clean does not necessarily mean that it is, especially in the office setting. There are many machines and devices shared by a lot of people, especially touchscreens. We are all familiar with what the culprits are – office germs.
The telltale signs for office germs usually make them stand out. Traces of grime, a weird smell, or unusually sticky or slippery surfaces can mean that these little bugs are multiplying. Many times, however, they’re just there without giving any signs.
Everyone likes a good, clean space. Be it a business, restaurant, office, or any other commercial establishment, the benefits of having a clean space are just too many. Who would want to come back to a dirty restaurant, after all? Keeping our spaces tidy is not always the easiest task to do. It’s not really a question of having employees or customers that are just downright slobs. You can have the cleanest employees in the world and still have a cleanliness problem.
6 Tips for Avoiding the Spread of Office Germs
No one likes bringing home work from the office. It’s not the worst you can do though. Imagine bringing home office germs for your family. That’s not good at all.
Here are 5 things you can do for avoiding the spread of germs.
Have a hand sanitizer dispenser or two.
The reality is that germs really are just everywhere. It’s very hard to prevent getting them, but what we can do is to prevent them from excessively multiplying and spreading. What really helps is regularly sanitizing hands.
This helps in the office setting as the machines shared by people have a higher chance of being reservoirs for office germs. The best way to prevent their spread is to have your employees sanitize their hands.
Make sure that you place the hand sanitizer dispensers at strategic locations. These include doorways, near bathrooms, near the pantry, and in areas with shared machines.
Make sure the space has proper ventilation.
Germs, being very light and tiny, can also spread through air. Having a properly ventilated office can help prevent the spread of these germs. Imagine one of your employees coming in with a cold. Having a properly ventilated office can make sure that you keep the spread of germs to a minimum. This buys you time before you can tell the employees to take the day off to prevent contamination.
Always maintain the acceptable temperature.
Maintaining the proper temperature is advantageous for two reasons. The first is that having an excessively cold or sweltering hot office is a good way of making sure that your employees and clients get sick. Making sure that they get sick is the best way of spreading germs.
The second reason is that germs prefer certain temperatures for them to grow. If an area of your office is always wet or moist (like the counters or sinks), then they are good places for germs to grow in especially if it’s warm or humid. Make sure you regulate the temperature, or better yet, keep these areas spotless.
Make some in-house pantry rules.
The pantry is probably one of the most desirable areas for germs to grow in. What’s not to like about it for germs looking for a place to settle in? Frequent contact with people, always moist, and lots of food materials for them to grow in.
Make sure you set some rules in the pantry for your employees to follow. Some of these can include always making sure that the counters are dry, not leaving food out for too long, or throwing out food that’s been in the fridge for a long period of time.
Also make sure that you print out these rules and display them somewhere very visible inside the pantry. After all, it wouldn’t make sense to make rules without anyone knowing what they are.
Make some in-house toilet rules.
Another entry on the list of places where office germs can grow and multiply. We don’t need to explain where the germs come from here, and where they grow. You’ll also want to make some in-house rules for people who use the bathroom, and you want to make sure that this list of rules is posted for everyone to see.
Always keep the office clean.
Proper and regular cleaning of the office is the best way to keep the germs away. We don’t just mean vacuuming or picking up the little pieces of litter scattered around. We mean thorough cleaning and the occasional scrubbing. Again, just because a space looks clean doesn’t mean that it’s sanitized.
Does Your Building Need Thorough Office Cleaning?
We at Prestige Property Services can do that for you. We only hire professionals and we have the best equipment to make sure that your office gets that much-needed scrub down to keep the office germs away. You may reach us at 714-224-0301 for questions or to book an appointment.