After more than a year working from home, many of us are preparing to head back to the office some way – either full-time or as part of a hybrid work model. Though vaccinations are successfully finding their way into the arms of people across the U.S., health concerns are still at the top of everyone’s mind. Therefore, it is critical that company managers and staff members take the necessary steps to keep the office clean and the team healthy. For employers, this means hiring a daily commercial cleaning service. For employees, it means taking ownership of their role in helping maintain the cleanliness standards set by the professionals.
To help you safely welcome employees back to the workplace, Coverall® offers some helpful guidelines to follow as you get back to business as usual.
Daily Cleaning Protocols for Office Employees
The best way to preserve the work of your daily commercial cleaning service is to practice good health and hygiene habits throughout the workday. After the year we’ve all had, we already know the drill. Upholding a clean work environment is in everyone’s best interest, and common-sense practices go a long way.
Empower your staff to share the responsibility with a simple cleaning protocol sheet for everyone to follow. Stock up on cleaning products, disinfecting wipes, and paper towels and make them readily available throughout the office, particularly in areas where people congregate. Label cabinets where supplies can be found, and post reminders encouraging everyone to do their part. Be sure to communicate the plan the expectations are clear about the importance of a clean surface.
Place hand sanitizer at your reception desk, workstations, restrooms, and gathering places. The CDC recommends cleaning high-touch surfaces at least once a day
to prevent the spread of disease. If employees share space with others, they can’t be certain if they were the last to handle something. So, they should know to wipe that something down before touching it.
Remind staff about the importance of keeping their desks, workstations, and conference rooms organized and clear of excess stuff that only attracts more germs. Your cleaning protocol can also include tasks that require periodic attention. Create a policy of regular desk cleaning and other routines and have them set a calendar reminder to complete such tasks. For example, empty the refrigerator, put food away, dust and disinfect keyboards, wipe down the entire surface of your desk. Even cleaning a water bottle and lesser touched items in desk drawers add to the maintenance of a germ-free environment.
Commercial cleaning service providers are more vital today than ever. Employees who enter a professionally cleaned, germ-free office every day feel an increased sense of well-being and productivity. As a result, the staff is more likely to make a collective commitment to maintaining that healthy environment for everyone throughout the workday.
Mitigation is Key
As employees return to the office, regular hand washing should continue to be a routine practice. Hand washing is not only important to minimize the spread of COVID-19 but also other illnesses like cold and flu. With more people coming together in close quarters, office staff will be exposed to more germs than they have been in a long time. Handwashing and hand sanitizing practices are still a good idea for everyone. Remember- the CDC recommends using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
if soap and water are not available.
Professional Office Cleaning is a Must
Daily cleaning by your office staff is by no means a substitute for professional cleaning services. Only a professional can be trusted to follow the correct techniques and employ the technology to avoid cross-contamination and eliminate disease-causing germs and bacteria in your office.
As you prepare for your staff’s return to work, you need a cleaning service that will inspire employee confidence, help keep them healthy, and allow them to get back to the business at hand. Coverall is the leading national franchisor of commercial cleaning services, setting the gold standard in Health-Based Clean® for more than 36 years. All Independent Franchise Business Owners in the Coverall network undergo extensive training in our proprietary Core 4TM
Process delivering a superior clean unmatched in the industry.
It’s time to get back to work. It’s time to call Coverall. Get a free, easy, no-hassle commercial cleaning quote