This year, people are more worried than ever about staying healthy while going to work. In many instances, people have found that the best option is just to allow people to work from home. But when that’s not a possibility, it’s up to both the employee and the employer to find ways that they can continue working without putting people’s health at risk.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three things Ankin Law Office says you can do to keep your workforce healthy.
Rethink How You Handle Sick Days
One of the biggest reasons people get sick, both in the time of coronavirus and during normal cold and flu seasons, is because people go out in public while they are actively sick. In theory, it’s easy enough to say that people should stay home when they’re sick. But when your livelihood is on the line, many people would rather get paid than get healthy.
To combat this mindset, Ashely Stahl, a contributor to Forbes.com, shares that companies need to rethink how they handle sick days. In general, businesses should try to be much more accommodating to people who feel sick and need to stay away from others. In some instances, having unlimited sick time off. In other instances, giving multiple sick days in a row when someone comes down with an illness makes more sense. But if you want to keep sickness from spreading around your business, you likely need to make some changes to your sick day policies.
Make Healthy Choices Easy At Work
A huge part of having a healthy workforce comes in preventative care rather than just treating illness as they happen.
With this in mind, Anna Johansson, a contributor to the Huffington Post, recommends that businesses make it easier for their employees to make healthier choices at work. Offering only clean water as opposed to other, sugar-filled drinks is one way to do this. Additionally, providing healthier snacks and lunches or encouraging more physical activity can also serve this purpose. If your employees know that you value health, they will start to value it more as well.
Focus On Hygiene and Cleanliness
When many people are working in an office space, cleanliness and hygiene is of the utmost importance.
To keep things as safe and clean as possible, Mansi Dhorda, a contributor to Entrepreneur.com, recommends that you keep hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap in easy-to-access areas and near places in your office that may be dirtier. Along with this, try to encourage your employees to keep their areas clean in addition to taking measures to keep common areas sanitized as much as possible.
If you want to decrease the chances of your employees getting sick while at work, consider using the tips mentioned above to keep your workforce healthy.