JaniTek Newsletter – December 2016
Articles in the issue
Your Janitor is Like Santa
What do you know about your janitor? If you don’t know much, you definitely can notice they’ve visited– the trash has been emptied and the floors are cleaner. This holiday season, do they remind you of someone?
He has an important list – and checks it twice Dusting? Check. Vacuuming? Check. Trash bins? Check. Restrooms? Check. Lights out? Check. Door locked? Check.
He works while you sleep So, you can come into work and find your office just the way you like it – clean and comfortable.
He wears a special outfit You could spot him right away – sturdy shoes and a recognizable, branded suit.
Has a team of hard workers How many square feet is your office? If it’s big, most likely your cleaning team splits up to save time and be as effective as possible. Holiday elves have nothing on them!
Has different names Santa has been known by many names (St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle and Santa Claus to name a few) and same goes for your janitor. Office cleaner, janitor, custodian, and hopefully their first name as well (if not, why not ask this holiday season?).
Brings you gifts Besides the gift of a clean office, they can provide you with suggestions and expertise for your cleaning your carpets, hard floors, windows and other parts of your facility. Can’t live without them on your team!
You can communicate with him via letters OK, maybe not a letter to Santa – but text, email, mobile phone, online. Some office cleaning companies give you an option to communicate via log book, so you know what was done the night before, or to give you an easy way to leave a thank you or a question for them. Maybe a plate of warm cookies and milk would be a perfect way to show your appreciation?
He makes your wishes come true Without proper cleaning, problems like restroom odor, dusty interiors and dirty surfaces can turn your comfortable office into germ central. Who wants that during the holidays?
He has a special schedule Like Santa, your janitor has work to do, and has to get it done on certain days, within a certain amount of time. Without this schedule a consistent clean wouldn’t be possible.
He knows if you’ve been naughty or nice… Let’s face it, that candy bar wrapper you threw away while on your “diet” won’t be a secret for long! But, don’t worry, he won’t gossip.
Your Work Refrigerator?
We’ve all seen them. Unmarked plastic containers. Mystery foil-wrapped packets. Old bottles of condiments that no one claims ownership. The saga of many an office refrigerator: The Land of the Forgotten Food. Food left in fridge not only takes up valuable space, but can turn into health hazard. Refrigerators that are overstuffed can cause the temperature to go above the safe temperature of 40° Fahrenheit because there is no room for cold air to circulate. Do you know what happens when the temperature increases? Spoilage bacteria can grow, causing bad taste and smells. Have you ever opened the fridge only to be greeted by the stench of sour milk? Rotting foods, such as fruits and veggies, cause odor and mess. Spills or drips from improperly wrapped food can contaminate good food. Warmer refrigerator temperatures or old leftovers can breed bacteria and run the risk of food poising if eaten. Besides, who wants to keep their lunch in a dirty, smelly, sticky refrigerator? Keep yourself and your co-workers safe – adopt a Clean Fridge Plan! It’s easy to get started Clean up any spills immediately with hot soapy water, rinse and dry on a daily basis. Check the fridge (especially in the back) for any food items you may have left during the week. Take home or throw away. If you keep items in the work fridge, such as salad dressing or coffee creamer, check the expiration date. If expired, do not offer to share the item with your coworkers or put it back on the shelf! Dump it out.
Easy Tips for Preventing the Cold and Flu Bug at Work
Well, it’s that time of year again. All that coughing and sniffling you’ve been hearing around the office can only mean one thing: cold and flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s estimated that up to 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu in a given flu season. And while 20% might not seem that significant to some people, as a business owner, imagine what would happen if you lost one-fifth of your workforce! Though it’s unlikely that all your employees would get sick at the same time, that doesn’t mean you won’t feel the impact from their absences. A 25-employee company loses $33,000 every year to lost productivity, sick days, and temporary workers brought in to replace sick employees. If you don’t take the proper steps to prevent the cold and flu from spreading around your office, it will only come back to bite you in the wallet. To help make sure your workforce stays at full strength this season, here are some tips for preventing the cold and flu from spreading at work: Remind Employees to Get Vaccinated: Before you do anything, make sure your employees know where and how to get vaccinated. Only 37% of U.S. adults plan on getting vaccinated this year Set a Firm Sick Policy: One of the most common ways for cold and flu bugs to spread around the office is when sick employees come in to work. And with 80% of employees admitting to coming to work while sick Provide Extra Hand Sanitizer, Tissues, and Sanitary Wipes: An easy way to keep your office more sanitary this cold and flu season is by simply providing more sanitary supplies for your employees.