Offices have become more considerate towards the health and well-being of everyone working together. Experts suggest that these changes could be long term and very well be permanent because viruses and pandemics can pop up anytime in the future as well. Hygiene should be at the heart of your workplace planning as well. The following is a glimpse of a few strategies that many workplaces have already adopted. Let’s have a look:
Identifying Frequently Used Or Exposed Surfaces
Surfaces such as your doors, windows, tables, chairs, pens, computers, keyboards, touch screens, monitors, and phones are some of the most common areas that your employees come in contact with every day. This strategy focuses on preventing and controlling the spread of germs and bacteria throughout the day to maintain a certain standard of hygiene at your workplace. You must establish protocols, rules, guidelines, and a definite code of conduct when using these objects and spaces.
Deep Cleaning Surfaces
Commercial spaces and offices have also started investing in supplies and strategies aimed at deep-cleaning surfaces throughout the day. This includes various objects as well that are used by your office staff members regularly. For example, your meeting rooms, common sitting areas, washrooms, kitchenette, and a lot of objects of common use would come into this category. Measures such as investing in industrial paper towels, powerful sanitizers, and plant-based cleaning solutions could be your best bet. Experts also suggest opting in for periodic cleaning of various areas and surfaces throughout the day.
Focus On Reducing The Need For Cleaning
This is another strategy that various commercial spaces have started to follow because it reduces the need for cleaning significantly. The following section talks about it in a bit of detail:
- Allocating specific areas to a particular group of people
- Creating small groups of team members so that they can work independently on individual tasks
- Limiting the intermingling of vast groups of people
- Closing of workstations that are spare and not being used at the moment
- Keeping the doors propped open for as long as the office is operational to avoid any unnecessary contact
- Investing in automatic sensor operated doors and windows to minimize surface contact
- Reducing the number of tools and equipment in the office again to minimize unnecessary contact
Recovering After A Lockdown
This hygiene maintenance strategy is effective in keeping everyone productive and active. A few rules that come under this umbrella are still being followed by various organizations across the globe. Let’s have a look at what they are:
- Better And Faster Communication
Transparent and easy-to-understand communication tools to help assess your current hygiene situation.
- Phased Return To Office
Gradual return to site minimizes the risk of germ-spread and hygiene compromise.
- Constant Risk Assessment
Evaluating infection rates, any active and dormant cases, absence of symptoms regardless of infection, and similar parameters helps the office management evaluate current risks.
Workplaces have changed indeed. Their understanding of hygiene has also evolved tremendously. It is better to change with the changing times for the health and well-being of everyone around you.