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Workplace health and hygiene – Promoting healthy habits for a cleaner workplace

Poor workplace hygiene is a daily health concern for you and your team, whether it’s a messy kitchen, an overflowing trash can, or germ-ridden shared equipment.

However, personal hygiene at work is a sensitive matter, and convincing people to modify their habits can be difficult.

The effects of poor workplace hygiene

People spread germs in a variety of ways, from sneezing without a tissue to leaving coffee cups unwashed, and shared facilities and equipment can quickly become infested with dangerous pathogens.

When these risks and practices continue unchecked, they can have major consequences for your company.

A messy or disorganized office turns off potential clients and employees. When people walk into your office, they get an instant sense of the culture there, and terrible first impressions don’t help anyone.

9 Ways to deal with unhealthy workplaces

Contract cleaners perform daily cleaning as well as regular “deep cleans” in many firms. However, this does not imply that hygiene is someone else’s problem.

Maintaining a healthy workplace is everyone’s duty—and it’s common courtesy! But it doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to entail spending a fortune on hygiene consultants or replacing all of your fixtures and fittings. It requires persuading people to change their conduct for the better.

Here are nine easy steps you can take to support this:

Understand the law

Maintaining a safe physical work environment and ensuring compliance with industry standards and statutory laws are all part of your manager’s duty of care.

In the event of an epidemic or global pandemic, governments may require corporations to take particular precautions to contain the outbreak. These could include forced working from home, placing employees on leave, or even closing offices.

Establish expectations

Maintaining a clean and sanitary workplace requires a collaborative effort! As a result, be certain that all of your employees understand what is expected of them.

To begin with, carefully define the behaviors you wish to witness. These could include everyone disinfecting their shared keyboards at the end of the day, washing hands on a frequent basis, or taking turns loading the dishwasher.

Share these expectations during team meetings or corporate updates, and put them in your employee handbook so that new workers are aware of what to anticipate.

Make it simple

Laziness or laissez-faire attitudes towards cleanliness can be difficult to overcome. So make it easy for folks to develop excellent hygiene habits.

Explain your reasons

People tend to engage more with objectives when they fully understand the reasons behind them.

Linking good cleanliness standards to your organization’s core goals might help get the word across. You may, for example, clarify that working from home is permissible if you are ill in order to prevent the spread of illness in the office.

Explaining bad outcomes can also be useful. A bag strap sticking out from under a desk, for example, should be evident to everyone, but not everyone is aware that norovirus (the “winter vomiting bug”) may survive on hard surfaces for several days or even weeks. This type of warning can inspire people to keep their surroundings clean and neat.

Summary

Personal hygiene issues are likely to be near the top of any manager’s list of the most embarrassing topics of conversation with team members! However, a problem like this is unlikely to go away on its own—the individual in question may be unaware of it.

When bringing up the matter, avoid using a nagging or hectoring tone. Your allegations may cause the individual to feel terribly embarrassed or insulted, or they may “dig their heels in” and resolve not to change.

Instead, if you approach them with care and consideration, their replies will be more positive and constructive.