Monthly Archives: January 2018

Employees sick? Stop the Spread of Germs in the Workplace

office space in a facility where they are analyzing outsourcing or in-house cleaningDuring flu and cold season, it’s common for employee sick days to double. For weeks, it can seem like everyone is getting sick. The interruptions do more than leave desks empty; the accumulation of employee sick days can seriously interrupt company productivity and the delivery of services and products.

Because of the impact, employee wellness is more than just an individual problem. It’s why company owners and managers need to take cleanliness seriously and take these steps to disinfect the office and keep flu and cold germs at bay.

Make disinfecting wipes and sanitizers available for employees.

Give your employees weapons that can stem the spread of flu and cold germs. Place containers of disinfecting wipes and bottles of hand sanitizer in common areas where employees have easy access, such as near the copier or in the company kitchen. Ask employees to clean down their individual workspaces daily, such as a desktop or company cell phone.

Disinfect germ hot spots.

Every company workplace is full of surfaces that become hot beds for germs. While no one can stop the spread of germs through the air, companies can minimize and eliminate these germ hot spots. Designate an employee or hire a cleaner to wipe down surfaces where germs can thrive for days at a time, including (but not limited to):

  1. Door knobs (exterior & interior)
  2. Printers
  3. Fax machines
  4. Candy bowls
  5. Common use staplers
  6. Phones and headsets
  7. Keyboards
  8. Computers and tablets
  9. Computer mouse
  10. Office chairs
  11. Scanners
  12. Kitchen faucet
  13. Kitchen appliances (toaster, microwave, stove, etc.)
  14. Kitchen chairs
  15. Kitchen refrigerator (door, handle & interior)
  16. Kitchen cabinets
  17. Coffee maker
  18. Bathroom faucet
  19. Soap dispensers
  20. Toilets
  21. Trash cans

Schedule an off-hours deep clean.

Wiping down surfaces may not be enough to rid the workplace of germs and to stem the amount of employee sick days. Schedule an off-hours deep clean with a cleaning surface to ensure every surface in the office, restrooms, and kitchen are disinfected. As an added bonus, a deep clean has another bonus for employee health: dirty floors can lead to employee slips and falls (and injuries). A clean workplace is a healthy—and more productive—space for everyone.

7 Home Organization Tips for a Clutter-Free New Year

woman organizing home For many of us, the New Year comes with an itch. It’s an opportunity to take an “in with the new, out with the old” approach to cleaning your home (especially since you can’t go outside!). As you put your holiday gifts away and feel the itch to reorganize and de-clutter, use these tips for a clutter-free, organized home for the whole New Year.

Clean out cramped spaces.

It’s never too late to start sifting through areas of your home that have become packed with items or dysfunctional because there is just too much stuff. Identify problem areas in your home and a time when you can deal with clean-up duties.

Get rid of those duplicates.

As you start to go through your home, keep an eye out for items that you have more than one of. Don’t keep back-ups of items that you know you won’t use, such as kitchen implements (how many spatulas do you need?) or clothing (we promise, you don’t need 20+ Packer shirts).

Sort through the piles.

Be efficient with your organizing. As you pull items out of a closet, attic, or basement, designate a use for the items and put them piles. Find a common use for your items, such as sports items, craft supplies, or collectibles, and put them in a pile so you can put them in a box or another organizational container.

Make a charity run.

Don’t feel like you need to keep all the piles in your home. Make piles for items that you want to give away to family members or another local charity. If you do take the items to a local charity shop, keep an itemized list of items for your taxes.

Revamp your organization.

If your closet has become a chaotic mess, don’t just put items back into the closet. Instead, invest in shelving or boxes that can organize the space. In mudrooms, invest in shelves, bins, and hooks that can help you easily organize your cold and warm weather gear.

Be creative.

Don’t be afraid to think out-of-the-box about your boxes. Shoe organizers can be a great way to sort out gloves and mittens. Over-the-door hanging racks can be a godsend when you’re trying to sort through all your bathroom and hair products.

Deep clean the space after it’s clean.

Before you organize your space, add the space to your cleaning to-do list. If you don’t have time, hire a professional cleaner to clean out your basement or attic and tackle all the other items on your deep cleaning checklist.