The work environment can be an easy place for germs to gather where you would never think about them. Large offices, warehouses and schools have hundreds of employees interacting every day. As cold and flu season begins, companies should take extra measures to ensure their employees are safe and healthy – especially during the busy holidays when any absences are difficult to manage.
Some of the most ignored areas when it comes to cleaning involves technology, despite the number of employees that use phone systems and computers daily. Here are a few tips for keeping technology germ-free during cold and flu season:
1. Keep hand sanitizer near work stations with phones and computers. Encourage employees to use it before using devices that other employees also handle. This will prevent the transfer of germs for less worry later.
2. Choose a cleaning produce that is safe to use on your devices. While sprays can be effective in killing germs, they can get through small areas and quickly harm your computers and phones. Your best option is to use a disinfectant wipe. You can purchase standard wipes at any grocery store (be sure they aren’t too damp before using), but the least-abrasive type is a technology-specific version, like Wireless Wipes (link).
3. Be meticulous. Make sure all areas that employees might touch are disinfected. This includes keyboards, computer mouses, cords, screens (especially touch screens), phone key-pads, phone handsets, and interactive whiteboard pens. Ideally, this should be incorporated into your company’s daily cleaning schedule.
4. Check in with employees. This encourages them to maintain good habits and shows that you care about the well-being of everyone in your workspace.
Remember, “health is wealth!” Keeping technology germ free means you and your employees will be healthy, happy and productive.
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