Reducing the Spread of Germs: 3 Ways To Keep Employees and Clients SafeMarch 20, 2021
Whether viral or bacterial, germs are a problem for the workforce. When one person becomes sick and enters the office, it’s easy to transfer that condition to another person. In fact, the illness could spread fairly quickly with one person conveying it to multiple people. If this incident should happen, productivity decreases drastically with energy levels depleted and numerous staff calling out for the day. Managers, to maintain appropriate work levels, should consider implementing the following three conditions.
Create Physical Barriers
Several actions increase the likelihood of contamination. If people sneeze or cough, germs could flow through the air, going to other people. To prevent this occurrence, put in sneeze guards around open areas. These plastic or acrylic pieces stop saliva from spreading. Insert them between desks and open counters. People can still see each other and talk, but they are less exposed.
When this isn’t possible, encourage those who feel ill to wear a mask when around others. In addition, they should remain at least six feet away from others. This considerate action could prevent particles from reaching others.
Encourage Proper Hygiene
Post signs at sinks and in bathrooms reminding employees to keep spaces clean and to wash their hands. It’s not enough to splash some water. Proper technique includes scrubbing with soap and water for at least 20 to 30 seconds. Towel dry or use paper towels. Take this action several times throughout the day.
Sinks are not always available. In spaces where many people gather or where there are high-touch surfaces, provide hand sanitizer. Ask customers to use it upon entry. Request workers use it before touching shareable technology such as copiers.
Provide Appropriate Sick Leave
Staff may feel compelled to come to work when they don’t feel well. While this choice shows devotion, it could prove problematic, exposing others to the germs. This person should remain home, completing what is possible there. This permits the office to run smoothly and avoid giving this sickness to others.
Offer paid sick leave for rest and recovery. A few days off might permit this person to return with renewed energy and focus. People who work while sick could lack energy and clarity. If someone is a frequent sufferer but can get work accomplished, consider a flexible program where the employee works from home.
A company’s objective is to perform well, getting the most from employees and gaining profits. This concept isn’t always possible when someone is sick. To avoid seeing large groups out at once, allow for more understanding when illness occurs.