Fall is not only the start of cooler temperatures, it is also the beginning of cold season. Noses are likely to run, and congestion definitely picks up. What should employees do when they feel the impact of something taking over? Do they stay home, avoiding the main office? Do they come in, feeling obligated to work throughout those tough days? Managers have to set an example and establish a precedent for how the office feels about sickness. Allowing that one person to come in could potentially make others ill. That isn’t helpful to productiveness. To reduce overall sick days, consider implementing the following three things.
1. Allow Work-From-Home Days
Employees can fear taking time off because of sniffles, thinking that they absolutely must come in to accomplish work; however, it’s during those days, that germs can spread. Encourage people to rest, away from the office space. If they are up for working, have technology available to permit online functionality. Have online meetings. Use cloud services so documents may be accessed from any location. Paid sick leave is also important. Otherwise, staff feel obligated to come in no matter how they feel.
2. Use No-Touch Fixtures
Microbes spread through touch and air. Try to limit contact surfaces; thus, making it harder for transmission to occur. In the restroom, have touchless faucets and automatic flushers. Throughout the entire space, use motion sensors lights.
3. Sanitize Often
Have a regular crew wipe down the office daily, especially tables, door handles and kitchen areas. Purchase streamlined furniture that is simple to clean off, and make it easy for others to organize and avoid clutter. In addition, during peak sick season, consider someplace that specializes in deep cleaning Maryland. These companies are experts at killing bacteria and viral particles, providing a bit more security for others.
One icky person can take down a team, slowing down tasks. Consider putting health first. In doing so, business owners might just find that more gets done because fewer people are catching bugs.