When the days get shorter and the temperature drops it’s important to start preparing yourself and your offices for winter. Turning your attention to getting your workplace ready for the winter months, it is advisable to ensure that it is kept clean and as comfortable a place to work in as possible.
Businesses can face a number of challenges during this time of year. The unpredictable weather makes it as difficult to predict staff absences which are likely to rise over winter. A particularly harsh winter can see staff sickness rise dramatically, and in some cases this is unavoidable.
Large workforce absences for companies in the winter have the potential to be devastating, especially for B2C companies that rely on more staff being available during the Christmas season.
That’s why it is important to understand that offices are breeding grounds for germs that the appropriate measures are taken to try to prevent coughs and colds spreading like wildfire throughout the workplace.
One way to prevent the spread of germs in the workplace is by simply increasing awareness within your office. Placing clear and informative notices around the office will reinforce the importance of reducing the risks of spreading germs to your workforce.
Install points where employees can find and use antibacterial products such as having sanitizing hand gels and tissues in the toilets and other office spaces which are great for keeping unwanted germs at bay.
Make sure you keep desk spaces free of clutter, and ensure desks and PCs are cleaned regularly. Kitchen areas should be kept particularly clean with old food thrown out and surfaces thoroughly wiped down with antibacterial spray on a frequent basis.
This time of year it is worth getting a professional office cleaning company in on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the size of the company. Employing a quality cleaning company to professionally clean often-neglected areas such as PCs and telephones can help dramatically reduce the spread of infections.
Of course it is important to ensure that you keep employees at a comfortable temperature, and sometimes it is hard to get that right. However, make sure that if you put the heating on that you have taken the time to clean out the vents / radiators first. Remember that germs thrive and tend to breed much faster in warm, humid environments.
Obviously nobody wants to be shivering at their desks with their coats on, but keeping the temperature cool and pleasant is advisable. It stops staff from getting sick if there is not too much of a contrast inside from outside; it actually means staff are more likely to catch, and then spread, an infection. Having a lower temperature will help staff stop feeling lethargic at their desks too!
Of course besides battling the bugs you have to pay more attention to health and safety during the colder months as well. Make sure you have dust mats on the ground where floors may get wet and muddy to prevent any nasty slips or trips.
Keep the heating on low overnight to prevent pipes from freezing up and potentially causing flooding damage, and invest in a good mop and bucket just in case!
Pay attention to lighting too. It may be that during the summer months none of the office lights are switched on at all, as enough natural light floods into the room. However, as it gets darker in the mornings and evenings make sure all the bulbs work as they should do, and that there is sufficient lighting in offices and communal areas for staff to see and move around with ease.
Any outside space should be properly lit and it’s a good idea to invest in a grit box which will be useful if it gets particularly icy outside. Further, talk to your local authority about measures they have put in place to keep roads clear and safe. Your business relies on your staff, and possibly customers, being able to get through the door so ensuring they have access should be a priority.
How well have you prepared for your office for winter?
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