Get Ahead Of Employee Illness This Winter

Get Ahead Of Employee Illness This Winter

Productivity takes a massive hit when winter arrives. The decreased amount of daylight and the cold weather lower morale and generally make your employees more sluggish. You need winter cleaning!

It’s natural, and there are plenty of documented ways to combat this kind of seasonal behavior. One thing you can’t fight through positive thinking, however, is the germs and flu that become more common during winter. For that, you need a professional cleaning service.

Winter illness is a huge problem for companies seeking to maintain productivity throughout the season. The CDC estimates that approximately 17 million workdays are lost yearly to influenza, many of which could have been prevented. Vaccination is the usual countermeasure and one you should encourage among your employees. However, you can take additional steps to prevent illness by keeping your work environment clean during the colder months.

What Winter Cleaning Looks Like

Professional cleaning companies offer many services based on the type of office and your particular cleaning needs. Basic janitorial services should be scheduled for your office daily, or at least twice weekly, with a monthly disinfection service. Your janitorial services should include restroom sanitization, carpet care, floor care, waste removal, and recycling services. These basic cleaning services can contribute to preventing the spread of illness among your staff.

More comprehensive commercial cleaning services can include:

  • Upholstery cleaning,
  • Hard floor surface care,
  • Window cleaning
  • Computer room cleaning
  • and carpet cleaning.

These cleaning services can do a lot to prevent the spread of influenza. Germs tend to build up in chairs, carpets, and other high-touch surfaces, making them dangerous repositories of diseases that are best cared for often.

Professional janitorial services can be engaged in additional cleaning services, such as cubicle and workstation cleaning, dusting and wood furniture polishing, and the cleaning of your lobby or reception area. This thorough attention to the details, where germs are most likely to build up in the office, is vital to ensuring that your employees’ health is safeguarded, along with your company’s productivity and therefore its bottom line.

Healthy Habits Make Healthy Employees

Your employees can do a lot to make sure that they are preventing the spread of disease themselves. First and foremost, they must wash their hands with soap and water in the restroom. Sometimes people forget or are in a rush, but this is how many illnesses end up getting spread. Employees can do a lot of good just by washing their hands. Putting up a sign as a reminder and the occasional intra-office announcement can do a lot of good as well.

Your employees should also not be afraid to call off if they are sick. You don’t want to lose productivity, but employees will hardly be productive while they are in the grip of the flu. You stand to lose very little if an ill employee stays home, but if they come to work sick, they will likely spread their germs to other employees. This means more employees will have to call off as well, or they will come in ill, get next to no work done, and then call off themselves.

Look Out For Your Employees and They’ll Look Out For You

It pays to be reasonable about illness among your employees and take precautionary measures whenever possible. Cleaning services are a great way to take such measures, and they are surprisingly affordable as well. When you consider how much productivity, and therefore profit, you are likely to lose if you are not cautious regarding employee illness this winter, it is obvious that the economic choice is to invest in cleaning services, and therefore in your employees’ continued health and wellbeing.

Consider also that your employees will work more efficiently and generally be more satisfied when they are working in a cleaner, more organized environment. It’s proven that people are just more productive when their workspace is clean! Between improved employee attitude and a reduced number of sick days, this winter could be the best quarter yet for your business.

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