Hygiene in the workplace: Why it should be a priority

It’s often said that hygiene is a measure of a person’s way of life, and this transcends into workspaces as well. In normal circumstances, the average employee spends a large portion of their day at work, and poor hygiene can lead to physical and mental health problems. A recent study by Top Business Women SA […]

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It’s often said that hygiene is a measure of a person’s way of life, and this transcends into workspaces as well. In normal circumstances, the average employee spends a large portion of their day at work, and poor hygiene can lead to physical and mental health problems.

A recent study by Top Business Women SA found that every day 15% of South African employees take sick leave, resulting in a R15 billion cost to the economy. A large amount of sick leave can be avoided by improving workplace hygiene.

Add to that, COVID-19 has increased the need for enhanced hygiene as a means of reducing infections. From sanitiser stations to well-spaced workspace design, effective hygiene benefits both employers and employees.

Here are some benefits of effective hygiene in the workplace and other public spaces:

Improves employee wellness

A study from ResearchGate found that clean and tidy workspaces improve the morale of employees, which in turn improves productivity and efficiency.

Maintains a positive image

Visiting suppliers, customers and investors will leave your building with a positive impression if they experience a hygienic space and feel comfortable when on your premises.

Better employee health

Reduces the spread of germs, which keeps your employees safe and prevents absenteeism. With regular cleaning and effective hygiene, your workspace becomes one step closer to being germ-free.

Increased air quality

Indoor airborne pollutants can be up to 100 times greater than outdoors, and these pollutants can cause illnesses or exacerbate chronic disorders such as asthma. A clean environment suppresses harmful pollutants and removes them before they spread through your premises.

Your workspace hygiene is an important factor to keep employees happy, investors interested and leave clients with positive impressions of your business.

For specialised workspace hygiene solutions, get in touch with Servest and we will have a team ready to improve your premises.

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