Even as major easing of the COVID-19 measures have been announced, practices such as mask wearing, the avoidance of large crowds and observing safe distancing continues to be practised by many in Singapore. Even in a nationwide online study by the Nanyang Technological University in 2021, 6 out of 10 Singaporeans said that they will continue to take precautionary measures and practise good hygiene even if the pandemic is well under control. This clearly demonstrates the long-term effects that the pandemic has on an individual’s social behaviour. As Singaporean’s show their utmost willingness to adopt good hygiene habits even after the pandemic, should business owners do their part in maintaining a healthy facility? And what can be done so that employees feel safe as they return back to work?
Absenteeism Due to Covid-19
At the start of 2022, the Ministry of Health (MOH) stated that the absenteeism rate could spike due to the ongoing Omicron wave of COVID-19 infections. With this in mind, it has become imperative for businesses to prepare for any further surges in infections. As the high case numbers in the workforce leads to disruption in business operations, implementing the proper business continuity plan alongside a disinfection system is important.
Loss in Productivity Due to COVID-19
Companies have been following innovative strategies to offer alternative work spaces to their employees to match the changes brought about by the pandemic, and this includes allowing work from home arrangements. However, a survey from engagerocket shows that 36% of employees in Singapore feel less productive WFH compared to working in the office. To help maintain the pre-pandemic levels of productivity, it thus becomes crucial for companies to re-open their doors and allow employees to return to the office. But to ensure that employees feel safe to return to work, a hygienic workplace is vital in boosting their confidence.
Safe Practices for In-house Office Workers
Sooner or later, employees will return to the offices after an extended covid work-from-home situation, but when the time arrives, it is your job to keep your office space hygienic. As such, a clean and hygienic workplace is critical to the success of any business. To keep your staff healthy, there should be a thorough cleaning and disinfection plan in place to reduce the risk of infection.
While this may seem like a matter that can be taken on by your own staff, self-conducting office disinfection methods may not be the best practice for employees’ health and safety. Office disinfection services provided by a team of well-trained professional office cleaning staff are not the same as routine cleaning service. Professional cleaning services leverage special techniques and procedures to ensure that everything is done properly to ensure the safety and health of your staff while adhering to COVID-19 regulations.
Loopholes in Self Conducting Office Disinfection
Office cleaning is a task that requires commitment, discipline and skill. If you’re using a disinfectant for your office premises that’s ineffective against coronavirus and other threats, it could endanger your workers. Moreover, office cleaning and proper disinfection is not only about sweeping and mopping the floors. The right tools and supplies should be used while cleaning to complete the job effectively.
Cleaning and sanitation guidelines have been introduced by the National Environment Agency (NEA), in consultation with the Ministry of Health, to aid office and business operators in cleaning areas that have been exposed to confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. From using the proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to preparing the right disinfectant that is listed in the NEA list of active ingredients for surface disinfection, there are several factors take note of and implement in order to establish a structured cleaning and disinfection regime that will effectively minimise the risk of transmission of the virus. Given the complexity of this process and the number of precautionary measures required to remain safe, engaging professional cleaning services provided by NEA approved disinfection companies is always the safest bet.
Lifeline Cleaning – Your Disinfectant Solution in Singapore
As Singapore is still under the threat of COVID-19, it’s important for businesses and commercial spaces to employ services from a reputable cleaning services company in Singapore. This can be done by regularly employing a disinfection cleaning company that offers both office cleaning services and professional disinfection services.
Lifeline Cleaning provides effective, affordable and disinfection services in Singapore for a variety of residential, industrial and commercial spaces, including offices, schools, cafes and restaurants. We use our extensive knowledge and expertise to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses from your premises through proper disinfection.