Flu season will be here before you know it, and viruses and bacterial infections like the flu and common cold can have a very real effect on the productivity of your employees. That can take a toll on your business, because when productivity declines, so do revenues. When sick, employees either aren’t doing their best work or need to take time off to rest and recover.
Before flu season is in full force, prepare your facility by following these tips from the experts here at HJS Supply.
1. Make a Case for Flu Shots
The single best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting a flu shot. Encourage your employees to get one and consider listing nearby pharmacies that offer them on a breakroom bulletin board or in an email.
2. Make it Easy to Keep Hands Clean
The other best way to avoid spreading flu germs is to wash your hands! Make it easy for your employees by keeping your restrooms stocked with hand soap and paper towels, and place hand sanitizers throughout your facility for those times when handwashing isn’t immediately possible.
3. Talk About Hot Spots for Germs
Remind your employees about germ hot spots and talk to them about regularly cleaning and disinfecting their personal items at the office, like keyboards, staplers and even pens. While these items don’t need to be cleaned every day, if an employee has the flu, encourage him or her to wipe down these common items before sharing them.
4. Color Code Cleaning Supplies
Use color-coded cleaning cloths to eliminate the risk of cross contamination. When you always use blue cloths for bathrooms and green ones to wipe down desks, you’ll know right away if you’ve made a mistake.
5. Clean and Disinfect Public Touch Points
Like the hot spots you talked to your employees about, these are frequently-touched surfaces that can harbor germs. These more public objects need to be cleaned regularly, including light switches, hand rails, door knobs, telephones, elevator buttons and business machines.
A healthy facility doesn’t happen by accident. It is made intentionally by following these steps and using the highest quality cleaning supplies in Buffalo. Talk to our team today about how our supplies can help you create a healthy, happy facility this flu season.