Most companies do what they can to keep their offices clean. However, according to Time.com, standard cleaning methods often fail to remove germs in multiple locations throughout the office environment. When their employees come into contact with these germs, they can become ill, potentially causing them to miss work and thereby lower the company’s overall productivity.
Keep It Clean
The majority of companies are aware that rest rooms are danger zones when it comes to bacteria, viruses and other germs, so they make sure that they are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. However, the bathrooms are not the only dirty areas in an office. In fact, a recent study conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional used swab tests to determine that the following office locations contained the highest concentrations of adenosine triphosphate, a molecule produced by germ cells.
- Break room sink
- Microwave door handle
- Refrigerator door handle
- Water fountain buttons
- Vending machine buttons
- Computer mice
- Desk phones
- Coffee pots
- Coffee dispensers
Office Cleaning Methods To Implement
Based on the results of this study, there is evidence that many office cleaning protocols appear to be missing the mark. To help improve the cleanliness of the office, prevent illnesses and reduce employee downtime, companies can:
- Contract with a vendor committed to cleaning for health, rather than just appearance. Companies should make sure that the janitorial service provider uses all of the latest equipment, chemicals and cleaning processes, including green chemicals, backpack vacuums and microfiber cleaning cloths, which are proven to remove germs from surfaces far more effectively than cotton cleaning cloths.
- Educate employees about staying well in the office. Companies can reduce the transmission of illnesses by educating their employees with regard to hygiene.
- Ask sick employees to stay home. Employees who are sick should stay home until they are well to prevent the spread of illness to others in the office.
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