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Although it’s important to develop a positive office culture, you should also think about your employees’ health and safety when they are in the office. As many businesses are welcoming (or even have already welcomed) the team back to the office full-time, you may need to re-establish some policies and protocols to guarantee safety throughout the workday. Where is the best place to begin, though? Here are four aspects to consider.
A clean office is a productive office. Neither you nor your employees want to deal with leftover food crumbs, spills, or scattered files all over the place. To avoid this, consistent cleaning is the best approach.
If everyone is responsible for their desk, you can avoid many of the problems that usually contribute to a messy office. You can also look at hiring a commercial cleaning company to come in at the end of the week to carry out a deep clean and make the office perfect for when everyone comes back on Monday.
Even the cleanest offices can generate germs and bacteria are not properly checked. If you are welcoming employees back to the office, speak to the building manager about obtaining a legionella risk assessment to make sure dormant pipes have not sprouted something that could potentially put your team at risk.
It’s also worth going around the office to check for any damage, especially if living close to a wooded area. Holes in the wall or broken windows could invite critters that pass on bacteria. Dust and mold could also be a problem, particularly following the winter, so clean all of this before the team returns.
Potential dangers do not disappear after your employees have returned to the office. There is still maintenance you must take care of to ensure consistent safety.
Go around the office and highlight possible dangers, including trip hazards, wet floors, or even loose handrails. These are all common office hazards that could lead to an injury to an employee or even a client visiting for a meeting.
Office furniture is essential. Without it, everyone would be working on the floor. It’s important to provide comfortable office furniture as it reduces the risk of back and neck issues caused by poor posture. It also improves focus, as it minimizes the risk of headaches and similar problems that can impact their performance in the office.
Chairs with lumbar support are an excellent solution, while adjustable desks can allow them to set the level at the perfect eye level so they are not crouched over their keyboard. You can also improve the break room by upgrading the furniture to give them something comfortable to sit on during their lunch or regular break to reduce pressure on their joints.
A healthy and safe office is a happy one. It makes it easier for employees to work without distractions or interruptions, and it also makes it a positive place to be. This safety will have an immediate impact on your office culture, allowing everyone to achieve their goals and help push your company forward.
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