Americans are bringing their pets to work in ever-increasing numbers. This workplace perk though brings with it special challenges—like odors and stains on carpets and upholstery. Fortunately, those special challenges don’t have to bar pets from your office, if you follow these tips.
There are different ways to clean and not every way is the right way. Your cleaning company should both disinfect and sanitize your facility. Public health organizations like the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) have conducted studies to find microbe levels that are considered safe for your health. According to these studies, high-level disinfecting with special chemicals is not always best practice as it can cause irreparable damage to tools and other devices in your facility as well as aggravate asthma and respiratory problems. But, for many things in your office, disinfecting is essential for good health.
The break room can be a nice spot to relax during a break, but it can also be a haven for germs. According to a 2012 study that swabbed nearly 5000 surfaces in law, insurance, health care and manufacturing offices and call centers, the break room is on the top of the list for dirtiest locales. Be sure that your cleaning company disinfects these hot spots regularly.
Some states are already reporting cases of the flu, an upper respiratory illness that can lead to millions of workdays lost to illness (over 110 million according to the CDC). Be proactive and start now to help prevent this productivity-killing illness.
When you see the suave and polished James Bond, you think professional, capable, deadly. Contrast that with Shaggy Roger’s appearance from Scooby-Doo. What do you think of? Slouchy and goof-off come to mind. Now consider your lobby. Your lobby is the first thing potential clients see when they walk through your doors. What do they see? Does your lobby give the right impression? Here are a few points to help your lobby go from the slouchy Shaggy to the capable and professional James Bond look.
We’ve all seen the dusty box in the corner labeled “suggestions” or “complaints.” We wonder if anyone ever checks those boxes, or if their only purpose is to provide a foundation for that lonely old cobweb. Unfortunately, when it comes to your cleaning company, sometimes it can feel that your concerns are being put in a box, never to be looked at again. That doesn’t have to happen. Here are a few talking tips to ensure your cleaning company promptly responds to and acts on your concerns.
Looking clean doesn’t mean being clean. This is especially true in your restrooms, where you can find e. coli, streptococcus and salmonella lurking. These bacteria can cause many illnesses from the more common strep throat and stomach flu to the horrifying necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease). Forgetting to disinfect your restroom once may not mean you’ll get sick, but if left unchecked, these bacteria can multiply and greatly increase your chances of getting sick or making others sick. Follow these tips to ensure your restrooms don’t become breading grounds for disease.
The party is over, back to work. It’s Monday. Coming back to work after a nice weekend of relaxing or partying can cause your employees to dread Mondays, which, in turn, can affect their productivity. Here are a few tips for Mondays to keep the motivation going and the morale high.