How to Keep Your Office Healthy During Flu Season

November is here and the colder days are officially moving in. Alongside temperature drops, the increase in germ transmission and cold/flu season is inevitable. Although we are living in a post-pandemic world, people aren’t perfect when it comes to preventing germ transfer. Keep reading for our best tips on how to keep your office as healthy as possible this cold and flu season. 

Establish a Work From Home Policy

Often the reason that a sickness may make its way around the office is due to the fact that people who are experiencing symptoms may feel as though they are not able to stay home when sick, in fear of falling behind in their work. Although it may not be possible for every industry of work, if your office operates primarily on the computer with files that are transferable via the internet, it may be worth it to enact a work from home policy for when employees come down with something. 

A WFH policy does not have to be complicated, just make it known that if anyone is feeling anything but healthy and normal, that they are encouraged to stay at home and work, rather than subjecting coworkers to any bugs. Having a WFH policy will also take a lot of stress off of your employees, especially when they are feeling under the weather, allowing them to continue to be productive but in the comfort of their own home. 

Hire a Professional Cleaning Service 

In the world we live in today, simply running the vacuum once a week and swiping a couple Clorox wipes over heavily used surfaces doesn’t cut it anymore. Instead, to stay on top of cleaning and prevent the spread of germs as much as possible, opt to hire a professional cleaning service to come in and thoroughly tidy and disinfect all surfaces. 

Companies such as S.J. Services offer many different service packages, including Day Porter, Janitorial, Covid-19 Disinfecting, allowing you to choose an option that best suits your cleaning needs. With the ability to choose the time of day or night that your cleaning service comes, you don’t need to worry about any disruptions in your company’s work schedule. 

Make Cleaning Materials Readily Available

One of the most encouraging ways to get your employees to maintain their office hygiene practices is to make materials available to them that will aid in the process. This can range from having Clorox wipes placed throughout the office to handing out mini hand sanitizers for people to keep at their desk. When employees are supplied with cleaning and hygiene materials, they will be more likely to maintain their personal cleanliness, helping prevent germ spread throughout the office. 

Encourage Employees to Get Their Vaccines 

Although politicized in recent years, getting your vaccines can be a very effective way to prevent common illnesses from spreading around your workplace. Staying ahead of sickness through preventative measures will always be the best route to take when flu season strikes. 

If you are looking to improve your office cleaning routines before flu season is officially in full swing, contact S.J. Services today to book.