When you think of the workplace, you might be thinking of efficiency, productivity, and moving the needle. But are you thinking about cleanliness?
Most businesses could brush up on their workplace hygiene here and there, but don’t fret, we’re here to help. In today’s blog, we’re going to be looking at the benefits of a clean and hygienic workplace, as well as giving you some pointers on how you can help keep your workplace clean.
The benefits of a hygienic workplace
Before we look at how you can keep your workplace squeaky clean, let’s look at why. There are a great many benefits of keeping your workplace hygienic, including:
The most obvious benefit of keeping a hygienic workplace is health and safety. Cleanliness will kill bacteria and stop the spread of some diseases, which is all too common in workplaces where people work closely together. It can also prevent allergies.
- Increasing productivity
Have you heard of the expression ‘clean home, clean mind’? It has been said that a hygienic environment, whether that’s at home, at work, or somewhere else, can enhance productivity levels. If an environment is messy and chaotic, it can be hard to concentrate.
On a similar note, it will be easier for you employees to stay organized and find important items such as documents in a cleaner, tidier workspace.
- Saving you money in the long run
It may come as a surprise, but keeping your workplace clean can actually save you money. Having a clean environment prevents damage and allows you to see any damage or health and safety issues more easily if they do arise.
A great example of this is pests. Keeping a clean and tidy workplace means you’ll be more likely to see if you do have an infestation. You’ll be able to act faster, saving you money on pest control fees and any structural repairs.
- Making a good impression
If clients or customers come to your workplace - whether it’s an office, a store, or an eatery - keeping it clean and tidy will make a better impression, even if it’s subconscious.
How to keep your workplace hygienic
Below are some simple things you can be doing to create and encourage a hygienic workplace.
Encourage healthy habits
Encouraging healthy habits amongst your employees is really important. You can do this through the use of something like an employee health and safety handbook or even by simply sending out a team email as a reminder.
Healthy habits include sneezing into your elbow or a Kleenex rather than your hand, regularly washing hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer, making sure all plates, cups, and dishes are washed promptly, and not eating at your desk.
Identify the dirtiest areas
For good hygiene, identify the dirtiest areas of your workplace and make it a priority to keep them as clean as possible. Some obvious areas will be the bathroom, the sink, the floors, the trash cans and computer keyboards.
However, you may be surprised at just how dirty some areas of your workplace are without you even realizing. Our bog post on The Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day (& How To Keep Them Clean) may be a rude awakening for some of you!
Use hand sanitizer
Hand hygiene is really important in working environments, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Making sure that hand sanitizer is readily available to your employees (and customers, if applicable) can make a huge difference to the overall cleanliness of your workplace. Hand sanitizers work by killing bacteria on contact, and can easily stop the spread of certain diseases.
You can put hand sanitizer pump bottles on desks and other surfaces, and you can get dispensers and stands for entrances and hallways. These hand sanitizers, dispensers, and stands are perfect for a workplace, whether it’s an office, a gym, a restaurant, or somewhere else.
Hire a cleaner
Hiring a professional cleaner is a really efficient way to keep your workplace or office clean. A cleaner shouldn’t replace general hygiene habits around the workplace, but they can save you time by taking care of deep cleaning and vacuuming on a weekly basis or every few days. Plus, by having your office regularly cleaned by a professional, you’ll also be supporting a local business!
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