After months of working from home, the last thing you need is to reopen your office just to be hit with a flu outbreak. Each year, the flu rears its ugly head and kills productivity in commercial offices and with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year could be even worse. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to make your office as safe as possible for both yourself and your employees. At Circle City Cleaning Crew, we strongly recommend hiring a professional cleaning crew to keep your work space clean; however, there are also steps you can take to maintain cleanliness between cleanings.
1. Encourage Flu Shots
Flu vaccinations have been shown to reduce illness, doctors’ visits, and missed work due to sickness. However, chances are that your employees are busy and will struggle to find time to get the vaccine. Consider holding an on-site flu vaccination clinic to give your employees the opportunity to get the flu shot at work. If that’s not an option, provide your employees with paid time away from work to get vaccinated.
2. Practice Basic Hygiene
Simple hygiene can go a long way toward preventing the spread of influenza because the virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Therefore, it’s important to wash hands regularly, provide hand sanitizer in multiple locations, keep disinfectant wipes in the office, and encourage employees to disinfect their own work spaces regularly. Remember to also make it easy for employees to stay home if they are sick.
3. Disinfect Common Areas and Items
While your professional cleaning service will keep your office clean, a daily disinfecting routine is the fastest way to slow the spread of influenza. At the end of each day, disinfect office supplies like staplers, computers and copiers, phones and handsets, common room furniture, and door knobs and handles. Proper disinfecting kills 90% of germs, including the flu virus, so don’t skip it!
Keep your office clean and healthy throughout flu season by working closely with a professional cleaning service. Circle City Cleaning Crew cleans and sanitizes office buildings and more in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Request a free estimate online or contact us today at (317) 523-8820.