How can an employer keep the workplace clean and COVID-free?
To help employers keep their workplace clean and COVID-free, we asked HR professionals and business leaders this question for their best tips. From placing visual reminders around the office to applying innovation to your precautions, there are several tips that may help you keep your workplace clean and COVID-free.
Here are eight tips for employers to keep the workplace clean and COVID-free:
• Invest In Automated Restroom Supplies
• Place Visual Reminders Around The Office
• Take Precautions With External Vendors
• Go (And Stay) Remote
• Sneeze Guards
• Make The Hands-on Process, Less Hands-on
• Follow All CDC Guidelines
• Apply Innovation To Your Precautions
Invest in Automated Restroom Supplies
Oftentimes, restrooms are the most high-traffic and frequently used spaces in an office, and that makes it a prime place for employees to pick up germs and potentially contract COVID-19. By investing in automated faucets, flushers and paper towel dispensers, you can reduce indirect contact between employees and help keep your workplace healthy.
Elliot Greenberg, Touchfree Concepts
Place Visual Reminders Around the Office
One of the core values at our office is “Do the right thing all the time, every-time.” During this pandemic, this value has informed our new procedures as we put the health of our patients and employees as a top priority. In addition to cleaning the workplace regularly and reducing the amount of people that are in the office at once, consider placing visual reminders around your place of work. From hand sanitizing stations to posters with important information on preventing the spread, visual signals promote a culture of health and make customers feel more at ease.
Matthew D. Hammond, Carrot Eye Center
Take Precautions With External Vendors
Many employers have been out of their office space for an extended period of time, and they may have several repairs to make to equipment and appliances in the workplace. Before calling a repairman, take the time to learn how a repair company is approaching COVID-19. Each visitor who enters the workplace should adhere and exceed the same safety standards required of employees.
Alex Belladorsi, Appliance Technician
Go (And Stay) Remote
Employers don’t have to worry about COVID or keeping a workplace clean in a remote environment. Small businesses like ours that can comfortably operate in a digital environment should avoid the temptation to rush employees back to the workplace if business operations can continue remotely. Not only does this decision help keep employees safe, but it can also help reduce operational expenses associated with cleaning and meeting CDC standards.
Brett Farmiloe, Markitors
Installing plexiglass “sneeze guards” is an excellent way to keep your office Covid-free! You can use these at the front desk to protect your receptionists who are interacting with your clients, or you can place them in between desks creating pseudo-cubicles that still allow people to interact and speak to one another.
Noah Downs, American Pipeline Solutions
Make The Hands-On Process, Less Hands-On
Interior design is a very hands-on process. When picking out tiles, paint samples and fabric swatches with my junior designers, we make sure to respect personal space and clean samples before putting them back in our library. We encourage mask wearing when meeting with clients, representatives and anytime we aren’t at our personal desks. Oh, and that bottle of hand sanitizer is always front and center. We have learned to make due!
Alisha Taylor, Alisha Taylor Interiors
Follow All CDC Guidelines
The well-being of our customers is of utmost importance to us, which is why we follow CDC guidelines when cleaning our vehicles. By ensuring that our fleet remains clean, our customers can hit the road and experience the great outdoors without having to worry about health threats like COVID. That’s the tip for any employer looking to keep their workplace clean: follow all CDC guidelines.
Randall Smalley, Cruise America
Apply Innovation To Your Precautions
For over 20 years, our company has been a creative problem solver for manufacturing and waste management. We plan to use the same innovation and care to handle COVID-19 that we have in our business in years past. We are taking every precaution to keep our workplaces clean and safe for the people working in them. Washing hands diligently, with soap and water, and for an appropriate duration of time has always been a regular protocol at Generated, so continuing pushing those efforts is one of my many items on our list to keep our workplace clean and safe.
Jonathan Cohen, Generated