Post-pandemic, flexible work has become more and more popular, with many people working in entirely remote or hybrid environments. Because of this, coworking spaces that offer work space to folks who freelance or work remotely for a company but need occasional office space have gained popularity.
The great thing about coworking spaces is that they allow a diverse group of people with different roles to share equipment and resources that they would otherwise not have access to. However, this also means that coworking spaces can be prime locations for germs to spread. Here are our top tips for preventing illness in your coworking environment.
Encourage Hand Hygiene
Proper hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of germs in the workplace. Have signs reminding folks to wash their hands (and showing the right way/how long to do it) near sinks in restrooms and communal kitchens, and keep hand sanitizer easily accessible so people can clean their hands whenever they want. Make sure to check your hand sanitizer dispensers regularly and keep them filled.
Clean Shared Equipment Often
Every workplace has shared equipment, and coworking spaces even more than others. Part of the appeal of coworking spaces is that they provide equipment, such as copiers and printers, that everyone can share. While this is great for workers’ convenience, it can have a negative impact on health because so many germs are being shared along with that equipment. Be sure to sanitize any shared equipment at least twice a day.
Examples of shared equipment in coworking spaces:
- printers/copy machines
- kitchen appliances like coffee makers and kettles
- break-room surfaces like kitchen counters and fridge door handles
Sanitize Desks Often
In coworking spaces, it is common for more than one person to use the same desk. For example, you may have one person who works mornings using a particular desk, and after they leave someone who works afternoons/evenings might be using that same desk. If desks are shared by multiple people in your facility, make sure that they are sanitized thoroughly and often so that workers don’t leave germs behind when they leave.
The best way to keep your coworking facility safe for everyone using it is to hire trusted commercial cleaners on a regular basis. At Anago of Vancouver, we offer specialized services designed to reduce the spread of germs in the workplace. Get in touch today for your free quote!