For any business owner, making a profit is essential, and the next important thing is providing a safe work environment. A healthy workplace and employees feel safe because the company is up-to-date with regulations and standards set by the local, state, and federal rulings.
With the current global situation of COVID-19, an unprecedented situation in recent times. Every business owner is struggling after the federal government shut everything not essential down. Now the restrictions are easing up, and governors in each state are mandating what can open and what capacity.
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Day by day, businesses have to make decisions; some include sending some employees home, shorter hours, and limited services. While most of the country has noticed this in the way of bars, restaurants, salons, and stores, offices have concerns about reopening. Even doctor offices and hospitals, in addition to law and insurance offices, advertising agencies, auto parts, and other retail stores, pest control and veterinarian services, wholesalers, etc.
As the country reopens, owners and managers, using their intuition each day, the biggest concern is how to prepare and respond to this perplexing situation. There isn’t a handbook with guidelines after a Pandemic, so we’re all uncertain what to do and figuring this out as we go.
As the owner or manager of a business, it is up to you to instill safe health practices with your staff and encourage customers to do the same. Before you reopen, call a team meeting to review the following tips with your staff. Share your concerns with a positive note that you’re in this together. Nobody is to feel isolated or ridiculed for their diligence in practicing safe, healthy measures. Remind them that safety first above all, and if anyone is uncomfortable coming back to work, they should come to talk to you one-on-one.
6 Commercial Cleaning Tips to Help Make Employees Feel Safe and Comfortable at Workplace During Covid-19
- 1. If Sick, Stay Home
- 2. Diligent Hand Washing
- 3. Wipe Down Areas of High-Touch Activity
- 4. Etiquette when Coughing and Sneezing
- 5. No Large Groups
- 6. Hire a Professional Office Cleaning Crew
1. If Sick, Stay Home
This policy should always be in place, but many of us will come to work with a sniffle or cough, even low temperatures. At this time, everyone must follow this basic rule. If sick, stay home.
Staying home and contained is the only way to keep from spreading virus germs like Coronavirus, Flu, or any other virus that may come along. It can make a difference between keeping this virus contained and limited to shutting the entire company down. If you have established a flexible sick-day policy, reconsider this and determine a win-win for the employees that won’t send the company into bankruptcy.
2. Diligent Hand Washing
The WHO (World Health Organization) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) have recommended that we should wash our hands often for a minimum of twenty seconds. There is a graphic picture from the WHO that we recommend you print out and post one in every restroom in your building, even those that are customer use only.
Have an ample supply of antibacterial hand soap in every restroom. Have dispensers equipped with hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol in every restroom, break room, in the lobby, the warehouse, and sporadic places throughout the building.
Remind employees’ hand sanitizer is not a replacement for soap and water washing but also used.
3. Wipe Down Areas of High-Touch Activity
Form teams and rotate their responsibilities of wiping down areas with a high-touch of activity with cleaning wipes. If you cannot find any, you can use a bleach formula and water with paper towels. Those areas common as high-touch activity in an office or workspace are:
- Phones – each desk, in the lobby, breakroom, etc.
- Door handles – every door inside and outside
- Chair armrests – including the backs and sides, under the armrests
- Coffee pot handles – sink knobs, refrigerator handle, microwave handle, stove knobs, light switches, etc.
4. Etiquette when Coughing and Sneezing
We should have been doing another practice, and now is the time to step up to the plate. Remind your team when they cough or sneeze, do it into a tissue, then dispose of that tissue. Immediately, wash your hands and then use hand sanitizer. When tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze in the crook of their elbow, or pull their shirt up over your face, anything that covers the spray from a cough or sneeze.
5. No Large Groups
If your company was scheduled for any events that haven’t been canceled or postponed, cancel your reservation. In light of these unprecedented times, most organizations have already canceled, and if they haven’t, they are refunding deposits.
6. Hire a Professional Office Cleaning Crew
Hire a Professional Office Cleaning Crew. If you have a cleaning crew already, inquire what their COVID-19 policy and procedures are in cleaning your facility. If you don’t have one, this is an excellent time to find one that has established a policy and procedure for infection control office cleaning. They should be able to provide you their step-by-step process that will assure you office and business are clean and sanitary, including areas that an office cleaning staff typically doesn’t clean.
Kohl Building Maintenance, Your Commercial Cleaning Expert!
Kohl Building Maintenance has always had our customers focus and delivered constant superior services with janitorial maintenance basics with cost-effective practices and solutions. Today, the Kohl Building Maintenance teams have increased our standards of excellence to keep your business clean and sanitized, doing our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
We hope that we have given you helpful information to help reduce the risk of spreading infection in your office and encourage you to share these things with your employees.
Please give us a call at (818) 882-2600 today, and we’ll be glad to tell you what measures we take today, tomorrow, and going forward until this virus is controlled or eradicated.