5 Ways to Go Germ-Free in the Office

One of the best ways to keep an office productive is to reduce sickness from spreading in the workplace. Keeping the office space sanitary is increasingly important with more and more offices moving towards becoming collaborative workspaces. With more spaces shared by numerous people–from work tables to shared desks–it’s harder to keep track of who was sitting where. Even worse, collaborative space can create a workplace culture where employees are less inclined to clean up after themselves due to a lack of ownership of the space. Here are 5 methods that will help keep your offices cleaner and safer for all employees and visitors and will produce a cleaner culture.

  1. Provide sanitary wipes and cleaning products around the office.

Encouraging a sanitary environment, starts by making cleanup stations easy to access and use. Common areas to place a sanitary wipe station would be near elevators, cafeterias, bathrooms, shared kitchenettes, or at the entrance of the main office workspace. As long as the station is easy to access and locate, your employees are more likely to use them. For collaborative spaces, a simple reminder with a sign by the sanitary wipe station can help make workspaces and equipment clean for all employees. To make it safe for anyone to use, chose a brand like Simple Green, which is non-toxic and non-citrus so it does not hurt sensitive skin or noses.

  1. Create a schedule for regular cleaning of most-used equipment.

While you might have a cleaning staff that takes care wiping down counters, dusting, and taking out the trash, it could be helpful to build in a little clean up time with your IT staff on commonly shared technical equipment. For example, regular cleaning of headsets, mobile devices, and other technical gadgets you use will help to reduce germ contact. You might need special care or tools for your devices–like air compression cans for cleaning between keys on a keyboard–so it’s best to make sure someone with experience can take care of it.

  1. Replace older equipment with cleaner products.

Keeping older equipment around might be great for your bottom line but your tech devices can actually be trapping dirt, grime, and germs. For example, keyboards are one of the most hospitable places for germs to grow, due to the fact that the grooved surfaces are harder to clean. And in workplaces where computers and keyboards are shared, there’s greater potential for the keyboard to become a natural breeding ground for germs. Older keyboards also tend to trap dirt, food, and other types of filth. If you do have equipment such as old keyboards, it can be best to switch them out for newer models that are built to trap less dirt.

  1. Provide headphone covers for listening stations or shared headphones and headsets.

For offices that frequently use on-ear or over-ear headphones and headsets for their everyday operations, providing headphone covers can make listening equipment comfortable for all.  Headphone covers reduce the amount of sweat and grime that is left on the headphone earpads, which protects the overall health of the headphones and extend their life.

  1. Invest in disposable earbuds.

If you want to provide listening equipment but don’t necessarily have the budget to provide headphones to all employees, disposable earbuds are worth providing. Not only are they easy to give away and replace, but also they will keep people from exchanging earbuds and extra germs. For an office that has more informal workspaces than personal desks, providing disposable headphones makes it easier to have listening equipment on-hand.

By keeping your office clean, you will see a boost in productivity and overall employee health. To learn more about maintaining a great office, contact us. We can supply you with the best tools and methods for keeping your office clean.