Temperatures are beginning to drop as seasonal health issues approach. There’s never been a more important time to keep your employees healthy so that everyone stays productive and profitable. Carwash employees especially are at risk due to all the time they spend outdoors.
One of the best ways to prevent seasonal flu is to receive the flu vaccine of course. Even so the Better Business Bureau also recommend that business owners take some simple steps to ensure their workers stay fit and healthy and create an overall healthier work environment.
Here are the things the BBB recommend employers do:
- Ensure your employees take time off when they are not feeling well
When an employee is not feeling well they might decide to tough it out and come into work when they can’t really stand, much less work. If an employee shows up like this you need to send them home. If they arrive to work not feeling well they will usually leave other employees feeling under the weather too and bring down productivity. Let employees know that they need to stay at home until at least 24 hours have passed since their symptoms subsided.
- Stock up on supplies
Every business should have plenty of supplies of tissues, hand sanitizer, and disinfects for keeping workspaces free of germs. Elliott Greenberg, co CEO of Wholesale Janitorial supply also suggests that employers should also consider getting some instant hand sanitizer dispensers for the office.
- Encourage employees to follow good hygiene practices
You should remind your employees how important it is for them to wash their hands and cover their mouths when sneezing and coughing to keep common spaces clean. Also encourage them to disinfect the devices they share with other people such as phones, computers, and controls after they use them. Post reminders over the workplace, but remember that they should be written using language that employees can easily read and understand.
- Bring preventative measures to the workplace
These days everyone is busier than ever so keeping clean needs to be as convenient as possible. To that end you should endeavour to find out of a local pharmacy or hospital would be willing to come to your office to administer flu shots. Purifying the air to protect against environmental threats is one of the safest, most cost effective methods for keeping areas clean.
- Set a good example
After you institute some policy changes it’s up to you to stick to them yourself. You might find the idea of taking a day off incredulous as you’re the boss of the place, but you need to stay at home to keep employees healthy.
5 Ways to Improve Employee Training
Many businesses can find themselves wasting time and money training employees who neither want or need to be trained. Here are five tips for putting together an effective training plan for your employees.
- Write up a list
You should start by working out what you do and don’t like about training and eliminate what you don’t like from the next training session. There’s a good chance that your employees will have liked it about as much as you did.
- Get opinions from employees
You should ask your employees what it is that they want to learn or see in a training session. Encourage them to provide feedback about these training sessions so you can make them better in the future. If an employee is in the development stage then they are more willing to enter the training stage and learn.
- There’s more to life than hypotheticals
The best training there is involves looking at real-word scenarios rather than hypotheticals. Talk about the real issues that employees are likely to encounter at work. These will have a better impact on your staff than a hypothetical.
- Share the success and the failure
As well as talking about real-life experiences you should also discuss how successful or unsuccessful employees were at tackling them.
- Debrief employees
When a training session ends you should debrief your employees and ask them questions about things like how their opinion of a subject has changed; if there is anything they will put into practice following the training session; and how they feel the training