Are you concerned about how often your employees are calling in sick? Obviously setting aside those situations that are related to management rather than medicine, it can be eye opening to see how much illnesses cost a business in terms of productivity. Way back in 2015, the CDC put a dollar value on the costs of absenteeism – and it was $225.8 billion annually!
What Can Employers Do To Help Keep Their Employees Healthy?
Fall is often considered the beginning of cold and flu season. The COVID pandemic made us all highly aware of how disease spreads through different mechanisms, such as air borne particulates or surface contact.
Many common illnesses such as rhinovirus (aka the common cold) or norovirus can be spread by surface transmission. This occurs when a person who is sick touches a hard surface, leaves some germs there, and then another person touches the surface, picks up the germs and becomes sick.
One way employers can help keep their employees healthy is by having Boston commercial cleaners regularly cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting the workplace. This is particularly important in terms of hard surfaces that are touched by many people, such as reception countertops, door handles, light switches, hand rails, and bathroom facilities. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting hard surfaces removes harmful germs from the workplace environment. Bathroom cleanliness is especially important, as people are more likely to take appropriate disease prevention measures like handwashing when they are confident the bathroom is clean and sanitary.
Other commercial cleaning services that help keep the workforce healthy include carpet cleaning and floor maintenance. Carpets in particular can trap a lot of particulate matter within the fibers. This can cause problems for individuals with sensitive respiratory systems and other allergies or sensitivities. All products used for carpet and floor cleaning are of the same composition and intensity as those used in the health care setting.