In 2020 we all learned new cleanliness habits and practices. We see a lot of these new habits being practiced in public spaces. Here’s how you can adapt those precautions into your office life and create a cleaner environment for yourself, co-workers, and clients.
1. Schedule Habitual Cleanings
Your cleaning practices may be different at home versus at work. At the office it’s good to start and end your day with a wipe down on all surfaces, door handles, and objects that are frequently touched throughout the day. This may be a step that you don’t often think about. Surfaces should be wiped down after every encounter, but depending on foot traffic this can be difficult to achieve. Do your best by reminding co-workers to wipe down surfaces after use. Here are some surfaces that should be cleaned frequently
- Elevator buttons
- Door handles
- Key pads
2. Provide Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer should be set out in various places throughout the office. People should be encouraged to wash hands for at least 20 seconds in addition to using hand sanitizer throughout the day. Making hand sanitizer visible and available makes people more like to use it. When people are touching multiple surfaces, there will be fewer germs if people are using hand sanitizer throughout the day.
3. Assign Cleaning Roles
People are more likely to take on responsibility for cleaning tasks when the role is assigned. Proper communication is the key. Using language that is to open to interpretation such as, “We all need to start cleaning more often,” is not effective. Assign cleaning roles on a rotating schedule and alternate tasks among team members to make sure the tasks get done and the responsibility is shared equally.
4. Disinfecting Products and Supplies
It’s important to have disinfecting supplies available for personal use as well for other co-workers and clients. This makes your office space feel more inviting and safe. In addition to demonstrating that you are actively working to maintain a healthy environment, you can take this as an effective marketing opportunity. Ordering travel-sized products with your company’s logo turns a practical necessity into a value-added branding promotion. Here are some common products that are good to keep on hand:
- Hand sanitizer
- Cleaning spray
- Wet wipes
Office cleanliness isn’t only the responsibility of the cleaning crew. Team members can work together to maintain a cleaner and healthier work space. However, in the event of an exposure to COVID-19 within the office, it is critical to hire a professional cleaning and disinfecting company and follow proper quarantine protocol.