It’s really important to try and stop illnesses spreading around the workplace, especially at this time of year. Just one person with a virus can pass it on to half of the entire office – which can leave small businesses in a very difficult situation. Fortunately there are various steps that managers can take in order to reduce the amount of people that become ill, and prevent sick people passing on their illness.
To keep all of your workers as healthy as possible and in turn reduce the amount of sick days, take a look at these top tips.
Work from home policy
The most efficient way to stop illnesses spreading is to remove the illness from the workplace. While it may put extra strain on the rest of the team, if more people become ill and take time off the situation will only get worse. Why not introduce a work from home policy if possible? If employees have a virus but feel well enough to work, ask them to work from home rather than bringing their contagious illness into the office.
Most bugs are passed through touch or leaving bacteria on the things you touch – which means regular cleaning of surfaces is critical to prevent illness. Why not provide sanitising wipes around the office for the quick cleaning of surfaces which are touched often, such as door handles, telephones, keyboards and desks? You could also encourage the use of hand sanitiser throughout the day.
The MailOnline has reported that 62% of men and 40% of women have admitted not washing their hands after going to the toilet. This means that the majority of your staff might be spreading their germs all over the office throughout the day. Give your staff a gentle nudge towards handwashing in the bathroom by putting up signs to encourage them to do so. Educate your workforce – nobody wants to get ill, so they should take 30 seconds to wash their hands after every washroom visit.
You should also make it as easy as possible for staff to wash their hands in the bathroom. Install rapid soap dispensers and hand dryers for fast drying times. You could also install alcohol gel dispensers in the washroom and around the office.
Keep the kitchen clean
Research has suggested that some areas of the kitchen, such as the fridge and the microwave, can host more germs than a toilet seat. This is a communal area which needs cleaning throughout the day, so make sure you hire a cleaner to arrive after lunch time or produce a kitchen cleaning rota.
Follow these steps for illness prevention and you should see an improvement in the health of your workforce.