Now that we’re in Phase 2, economic and social activities are slowly resuming in a safe yet progressive manner. As such, employees are gradually returning to work, even though remote working is still highly encouraged. With almost everyone returning to the office, you might find yourself thinking differently about the office equipment and surfaces around you, like reaching for disinfectant wipes even though you’ve never given it a second thought before.
As a property manager/business owner, you would want to ensure that the workplace is clean enough to welcome employees. On top of that, you would wish for safety and hygiene to be practised to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. If you’d like to foster a healthy workplace that’s clean and conducive, here are some tips to be aware of.
1. Schedule daily cleaning of regular touchpoints
Touchpoints are areas in your building that are touched very often. Though they may be small and are often overlooked, these areas are the prime locations for cross-infection to occur, making it crucial to clean regularly. Some examples of touchpoints include buttons, handles, fingerprint scanner, faucets, coffee machines, water fountains, phones and the like.
Especially during COVID-19, cleaning these areas frequently is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading even further. Consider applying an antimicrobial coat on these surfaces, which prevents microorganisms from growing. Engage with a commercial cleaning company to get this service professionally done.
2. Sanitise surfaces
Sanitisation of surfaces is essential to curb transmission of COVID-19 virus onto our hands. It doesn’t matter if the surface seems clean because germs and bacteria that are not visible to the naked eye exist. Since these viruses tend to linger on surfaces, regular deep cleaning, sanitisation and disinfection are crucial to eliminating germs and microbes.
3. Improve indoor air quality
Employees spend most of their time working in the office. If the indoor air quality is poor and isn’t properly maintained, it can trigger and exacerbate illnesses, allergies, and even asthma. This can cause absentees and also affect the conduciveness of the workplace. Indoor air pollutants can be mould, bacteria, dust mites and dust, tobacco smoke, chemicals from certain cleaning products and others.
To improve and maintain the level of indoor air quality in the office, you can have sufficient ventilation while making sure vents aren’t blocked, and so on. Ensuring a healthy level of indoor air quality can help employees remain at their best by reducing the spread of illnesses and creating a conducive environment.
4. Encourage hygiene practices among staff
To keep facilities clean, employees and tenants also have their role to play. As a property manager, you can remind them about cleaning habits they can practice to remain healthy and prevent the spread of germs. You can add signs in the bathrooms as reminders to reinforce the importance of washing their hands, among other habits.
To encourage this, place multiple hand sanitisers around the office to serve as a reminder for employees to keep their hands clean. Make sure to have sufficient supply of anti-bacterial handwash and disinfectant wipes too.
Taking precautions is the best way to defend ourselves against COVID-19 and other illnesses. As you do your part to keep clean and healthy while encouraging clean habits, would love to be part of your journey. We provide professional office cleaning in Singapore. From carpet maintenance to washroom cleaning services, we adopt thorough cleaning techniques and eco-friendly cleaning supplies to attain clean and lasting results. For a cleaning schedule unique to your office building needs, you’re always welcome to drop us a call.