Top tips for creating a meticulously clean work environment with happy, engaged and productive employees

On the 17th of July, the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said:

“From the 1st August, we’re going to give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely.”

Since then there has been much debate around the benefits of long term home working vs a return to the office. Companies across London, including Julius Rutherfoord & Co have invested in remote working technology and their employees are fully equipped to work productively from home. However, for many long-term home working is having a negative impact on their physical and mental wellbeing:

  • Not having physical interaction with others is a key contributor to poor mental wellbeing
  • A lack of routine can negatively impact productivity
  • Being stuck indoors for many people means not having access to nature and not getting the daily exercise they would normally get, even if this is just walking to access public transport
  • Working from home can often lead to not being able to switch off and working longer hours
  • Long term working from home is also negatively impacting the economy and can hamper client / supplier relationships.

The decision to reopen workspaces cannot be taken lightly, employers have a duty of care to meet their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act and employee concerns must be addressed. A survey carried out by Moneypenny found that although 45% of UK office workers are already back in the office, only 1/3 feel comfortable being back at work and 48% have some concerns about COVID risks.

At JR&Co we have been supporting clients across London with welcoming their employees back to the workplace and have practiced what we preach with reopening our own office. Our experience has found that the key to a successful return is creating a safe, meticulously clean space in which people are secure in the knowledge that everything is being done to keep them safe and secure.

Here are our top tips for creating a meticulously clean work environment with happy, engaged and productive employees:

  • Communicate your risk assessments, outbreak processes and pandemic preparedness plans giving employees an opportunity to feedback and voice any concerns; at JR&Co we’ve made all of our procedures free to download on our website and we presented our plans to our people in a helpful video
  • Carry out personalised risk assessments with all of our team members so reasonable adjustments can be put in place to protect vulnerable persons
  • Make an Employee Assistance Programme available for your people, giving them access to professional support for their mental wellbeing
  • Introduce one way flow traffic systems and a desk booking system for phased returns
  • Prop open internal doors
  • Provide hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes next to touchpoints and on each desk
  • Introduce a touchless registration system such as Visitas for your contractors
  • Clearly communicate maximum room occupancies, social distancing guidelines and directional flows using signage and posters
  • Train your cleaning teams on enhanced sanitisation and transmission prevention (you can view our training video here)
  • Introduce an enhanced day cleaning regime focusing on touchpoints and hygiene areas and invest in a regular disinfectant deep cleaning using the Clorox 360 System
  • Invest in an electrostatic E-Spray machine for disinfecting touchpoints efficiently and effectively
  • Share photos and videos with teams who are working remotely so they can see the measures in place (you can watch the whistle stop tour we shared with our team here)

These measures have meant we have actively prevented the spread of COVID-19 in the spaces we clean. With only 5 confirmed cases of coronavirus in our workforce (0.33%) and no coronavirus outbreaks at our client sites. We have proven that we have kept our employees and our client’s premises secure.

If you need support with making and maintaining a COVID secure workplace, click here to get in touch.