In late winter, the less festive parts of the season tend to take over: cold weather, gray skies and sick coworkers. And, even those who make it to the office are often hiding their sniffles. In fact, almost 70% of US workers come to work even when they’re actually not feeling well.1
For those of us who must work alongside potentially contagious coworkers, it’s crucial to take smart measures to help reduce our chances of becoming ill. One measure to take is the practice of good hand hygiene. Having hand hygiene options available in the office helps prevent the spread of germs that can cause illness—supporting a healthy, productive workforce all year long.
Of course, handwashing with soap and water is the first step, but organizations that truly want to promote wellness need to make hand hygiene accessible beyond the sink. When trusted, effective hand hygiene products are placed conveniently throughout the work environment, employees can take action to protect their health each and every day.
Three Products That Help to Encourage Hand Hygiene at Work
For the strongest contribution to your wellness initiative, you want a combination of quality hand hygiene products throughout the office. Here are three products that help to encourage the practice of good hand hygiene.
- Foam handwash. It all starts with soap and water, but certain products actually make handwashing more efficient. It is important to offer a soap that is well formulated and pleasing to use. Additionally, a 2014 study found that foam soap is associated with 9.7% less water use for day-to-day handwashing, compared to liquid soap.2 Placing GOJO® Green Certified Foam Handwash in office restrooms gives employees a pleasing, practical way to set the foundation for good hand hygiene.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available. Placing PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer outside of the restroom gives office workers a chance to eliminate from their hands the germs they may have picked up from sink handles or bathroom doors. High-traffic areas such as conference rooms, kitchens and elevators, also benefit greatly from strategically placed hand sanitizer dispensers.
- Hand sanitizing wipes. Staying clear of sneezing coworkers won’t cut it—illness-causing germs can linger on common surfaces such as desktops, refrigerator doors and faucets. The average desk alone, with tricky-to-clean surfaces like keyboards, can harbor 10 million germs. Employees touch these objects throughout the day and PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes allow them to quickly and effectively kill germs that can cause illness on their hands.
Promote Wellness With the PURELL Advanced Workforce Solution™
To maximize employee utilization of a hand hygiene system in the office—and the benefits of improved hand hygiene—it’s best to use proven, trusted products. A peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed how the PURELL Advanced Workforce Solution™ decreased employee absenteeism by 13% and reduced preventable healthcare claims by 24% in a large corporate office. With U.S. companies losing an estimated $260 billion annually to poor employee health, improvements like this make a real difference for company performance.3
Making PURELL® products available in the office encourages year-round wellness in the office by helping employees build healthy habits that last far beyond the dreariest days of winter. Beyond the reduction in healthcare claims and absenteeism, the study also found a 25% increase in employee hand sanitizer usage before eating and 40% more employees cleaning their work areas regularly.
Find out how the PURELL ADVANCED WORKFORCE SOLUTION™ can promote healthy hand hygiene habits in your office.