Office Sickness? Here’s How to Cut the Problem in Half…

There’s nothing worse for a small business than to lose half their staff during a flu season. Not just flu season, but whenever there is a breakout of colds, stomach flu’s or the myriad of bacterial ailments out there.

So what can you do?

One of the best deterrents is a clean office environment. According to a study in 2012 by Kimberly-Clark, the bacteria lurking around your office is a big part of the problem. In the study, they used an ATP Meter and collected swabs from 5,000 office buildings housing more than 3,000 employees. For reference, a reading of 300 or more on the ATP Meter indicates a high level of contamination and a high risk of illness transmission. Let’s look at the culprit areas by percentage over 300…

  • 75 percent of break room sink faucet handles
  • 48 percent of microwave door handles
  • 27 percent of keyboards
  • 26 percent of refrigerator door handles
  • 23 percent of water fountain buttons
  • 21 percent of vending machine buttons

Wow, the results speak for themselves. If you could cut this in half would your employees be less sick? Undoubtedly yes. You just need to concentrate on these areas, and any others in your type of business.

To get started, look at your work environment. Are all these areas cleaned regularly? Keep in mind, most of these areas may require daily cleaning depending on traffic. For example, do you have vending machines being used a lot? Are they cleaned daily? By doing this simple thing you’ll have a less “sick” environment and can easily boost your company’s productivity.

Okay, so do you have systems in place to do this? Most employees are too busy for this and simply forget. Basically, wouldn’t you rather have employees worry about your business? This is where a professional commercial cleaning company is your answer. A good commercial cleaning company will meet with you and survey your business to map out your needs. Whether you hire it out or not, a cleaner work environment will be beneficial for your business.

For anyone in need of a Wilkes Barre Commercial Cleaning company be sure to call Olde Tyme Cleaning at 570-241-9011. We’ve been serving the Wilkes Barre and Scranton area since 1989. Call for your no-pressure estimate today.