August 24 2020 0Comment

5 tips for to make anxious staff comfortable returning to work

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), some 65% of UK workers are anxious about returning to the workplace, with 37% citing the office not being clean enough as their primary concern.

COVID-19 has posed one of the largest threats to public health in a generation, therefore we understand the apprehension experienced by many returning to the workplace.

Here at Clean Sweep, we have helped many companies back to work in a way that also makes their staff feel safe. To help ease workplace anxiety, we have put together the following 5 top tips employers should implement:

  1. Clean and Sterilize ALL work surfaces – this is a must, to neutralise viruses!

It is worth devising a rota of responsibility whereby individuals clean certain areas and surfaces daily with special chemicals we can provide. These would include light switches, IT equipment, desks and furniture, remote controls and any buttons on lifts and entry systems.

On top of the usual methods of cleaning, we have invested in specialist chemicals and equipment such as: several ‘fogging’ machines, portable devices that emit a fine sanitising spray into the air, covering every surface with a virus-killing chemical.

These chemicals offer no risk to humans, do not cause allergies and are very effective at sterilising surfaces of any type. We would recommend doing this before reopening workplaces and also doing additional cleans if any cases of Coronavirus are suspected.

  1. Clean Consistently

We would recommend external specialist cleaners visit at least twice a week and do a deeper clean every two weeks minimum.

We are able to deliver a professional high-quality cleaning service, covering commercial, industrial and specialist cleaning. We take care of the cleaning, and help provide you the environment required for staff to perform at their best, a clean space is a clear mind!

  1. Speak to staff

A CIPD study revealed that 43% of UK workers felt their general mental health has worsened since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Managers should make a conscious effort to check in with staff, scheduling informal 1-1 meetings. Adhering to social distancing measures, these can be simple “catch-up” sessions, providing a safe and secure environment for employees to open up and discuss any feelings of concern.

  1. Encourage staff to take breaks and exercise

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, 35% of UK workers feel their general physical health has worsened.

To combat feelings of anxiety and depression, The Department of Health suggests adults should complete 2.5 hours of moderate intensity activity, which equates to 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

Simply put, exercise is anything that raises your heart rate. Running, swimming, cycling, playing sports and even walking the dog are all great forms of exercise.

Lunch breaks could be used to get out for a brisk walk, even 10 minutes of activity can increase mental alertness, energy and a positive mood.

  1. Remote Working

Give staff the option of remote work if possible.

A CIPD study revealed that there are three main benefits of remote working:

  • Freedom to take breaks when required – workers can develop better time management skills working from home, as they are able to factor in natural breaks to recharge.
  • Increased Productivity – 49% of UK workers feel that remote working allows them to become more creative, helping find more efficient ways of doing their job through working their own flexible hours.
  • More effective communication – Online meetings via Zoom and Skype are an invaluable alternative to physical meetings. Workers can log in from the comfort of their own home, focusing solely on the meeting without the background noise experienced in many office environments.

We are happy to speak to any business that is worried about COVID-19’s impact on their workplace. Our bespoke service is completely tailored to your needs, and we deliver a professional service to the highest of standards, every time.

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