This may seem like common sense, but it’s one of those tips that can often be overlooked in the seemingly never ending battle against the common cold, the flu, and other illnesses. Which mind numbingly easy, so often forgotten, practice is this you may be asking? It is hand washing! You know what your mum taught you how to do ages ago and what you just kind of go through the motions of now, as an adult? Yeah, that one. This is especially important in the workplace and around your office, as it is such a high traffic area. As an owner, or manager of an office building, it is not only your own hand washing that should concern you, but also that of your staff and patrons. Ankars Office Cleaning in Melbourne wants to be sure you’re ready to combat these illnesses and do so efficiently and easily. Knowledge is power; knowing, understanding and being able to communicate the importance of properly washing hands can improve office morale and health without much effort at all.
Experts cite many different practices to follow to combat disease and illness, however the easiest and certainly most immediately effective is washing your hands. When you fail to wash your hands, it not only puts yourself at risk of becoming a host to a harmful bacteria, disease, or germ, but others as well. This is especially true in the workplace, where many spaces are communal and there is lots of hand to hand interaction with your coworkers. Simply not properly washing your hands can be detrimental to your entire office’s health; when you aren’t 100% the work isn’t done at 100% and the combination of poor quality work, along with not feeling your best can lead to a low morale in the office and inefficiency within the office.
Handwashing, in general terms, should be utilised as often as possible. There is no such thing as too much hand washing. In fact, when in doubt, wash; it is always best to err on the side of caution. However, of course, there are a few essential times that handwashing should be utilised.
-Anytime your hands are visibly dirty
-After Toilet Use
-Post Sneeze/Nose Cleaning
-Anytime you’re around food
-After consuming alcohol or smoking
-After handling rubbish
-When handling animals or pets
-When in contact with the ill
At Ankars, we know that life is fast paced and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day at times. So taking time out of your busy day to show your hands some attention may seem trivial at times, however a proper thorough hand-washing can save you time and money in the future, while you continue to live a healthy efficient life, instead of wasting time getting over illnesses that a lack of handwashing can cause. So, to really get those germs off of you, follow these easy steps.
1. Wet your hands with preferably warm water.
2. Squeeze a generous amount of soap in your hand
3. Rub hands together until they are lathered
4. Scrub lathered hands together, making sure to scrub the backs of palms and between fingers
5. Rinse hands thoroughly
6. Turn off faucet with paper towel, rather than freshly washed hands
7. Dry hands with air dryer, or paper towel
And there you have it! Keeping your office healthy and happy really is as simple as though 7 steps. So be sure to constantly remind your staff to continue to practice good and frequent hand washing habits, as well as post signs as extra reminders. Ankars Office Cleaning of Melbourne can clean your office time and time again, however it is important for the inhabitants of any office to practice as much cleanliness as possible as well.