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Avoiding the Flu at Work
Wishing you a holiday full of joy, love, and togetherness!
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November 2017 Clean Communications
Flu season is upon us and, as you know, it only takes one sick employee to infect the entire office. While there are preventive measures we can take on a personal level and at home, exposure in the workplace is often overlooked and can be a common way of contracting the flu. Take a look at these tips from JaniTek to help your employees maintain a healthy work environment this year. The holiday season is a joyous time, so let’s take the necessary precautions to keep your workplace a flu-free zone.
Stay home if you are sick
While we admire your work ethic, please stay home if you are sick. Close contact with others is the easiest way of transmitting the flu and the only solution is removing yourself from contact with others. Employees who have preexisting medical conditions, young children at home, or who live with the elderly will thank you.
As the saying goes: Say it don’t spray it. Covering you nose or mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough will help prevent the spreading of germs. Even if you do not feel sick, it’s still a good idea to cover your mouth. Viruses such as the flu can lie dormant before revealing themselves with their debilitating symptoms. Keep a box of tissues on your desk at all times so they’re easily accessible, and make it habit to “cover up.”
Avoid touching your face
Facial orifices such as the eyes, nose, and mouth are the preferred gateways for germs looking to invade. At work, it is common to touch desks, tables, shared utensils, coffee pot handles and other objects handled by a large number of people. Practice regular hand washing and, if possible, wipe your work station down with germ-killing wipes periodically.
A wholesome diet, plenty of sleep, good hygiene and exercise are the flu’s worst enemy. Avoid extreme stress and tiredness to keep your immune system in top condition and less susceptible to infection.
In business, first impressions are everything. Whether you realize it or not, your potential customer’s first impression doesn’t begin with a handshake, it begins with your lobby. This means it’s important to make sure your lobby is helping your sales and not hurting them. Follow these tips to keep a clean entrance that will leave a good, lasting impression.
While it may seem like something small, doormats can actually make a huge difference, as they have both aesthetic and janitorial advantages. Use large, textured mats that cover the majority of the entryway. people will instinctively wipe their feet on them, and it will immensely lower the amount of dirt, debris, and water tracked in- especially during those wetter months. It’s important to invest in good-quality mats that will be as durable as they are effective. Additionally, it’s important to choose mats that look nice and tie into the decor lobby’s decor. If possible, investing in custom mats that have your company logo on them is a great option. This one small detail can easily increase the level of professionalism in your lobby.
Keep Floors Clean
The state of your floors plays, perhaps, the largest factor in your lobby’s cleanliness. It’s the first thing people see, and is the most high-traffic surface. Not to mention, dirty tile is not only unappealing, it’s a safety risk. If you have carpets or rugs, be sure to thoroughly clean them often, and have them professionally cleaned seasonally. And for hard surfaces, always have consistent janitorial services in place to keep your floors clean, dry, and safe.
No Dust Bunnies
Dust accumulates faster than people typically realize. It’s easy for things like blinds, furniture, and screens to acquire a film of dust if not tended to at least weekly, and it can really strain the look and cleanliness of your lobby. And in addition to dusting, be sure to consistently wipe these surfaces down with a disinfectant regularly to minimize germs from people coming and going.
Don’t Date It
Don’t have the waiting room with magazines from four years ago. It might seem silly, but having materials that are worn, outdated, or in poor condition have a negative reflection on the effort your business puts forth. Keep things up-to-date and simple, and if you know you’re not going to be good about continually weeding through materials, it’s best just to keep the tables clear.
Dress it Up
Make your lobby look nice and welcoming! Good lighting, nice seating, and a few splashes of color go a really long way in terms of presentation. A drab and boring lobby won’t give potential clients/customers/associates the desired impression. But remember, the more things that are in the lobby, the more upkeep you have, so keep decor minimal and modern.