St. Patrick’s Day is on its way and you may be feeling the luck o’ the Irish, but rolling the dice on your and your employees’ wellbeing is never a good choice. Sacrificing health for cheap but toxic cleaning products and other materials in your workspace will likely cost you in the long run in lost productivity and employee sick time.
Instead, show your employees you care about their health and the safety of their work environment. Invest in products that will keep your workplace clean, inviting, and safe.
Why Employee Health Matters
Aside from the good karma, keeping your employees healthy has many benefits for you as an employer. When employees are healthy, they are less likely to call in sick or use their vacation time for illness. You’ll have more employees at work every day and reduce “presenteeism,” or cases of people working while they’re sick, which decreases productivity and may spread illness around the workplace.
Taking measures to keep your employees healthy improves morale and can even be a selling point for future employees. Being choosy about the safety of the products used to build and maintain your workplace sends a message that you care about employee health and are not willing to take chances with it.
Workplace Health Hazards
Many chemicals are used today to build and maintain commercial spaces, including offices, fitness centers, daycares, and other places of business. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are especially common. They’re found in caulks, sealants, adhesives, paints, wall coverings, cleaning products, carpeting, vinyl flooring, fabric materials, furnishings, air fresheners, and even personal products such as perfume and shampoo.
VOCs evaporate quickly and often leave odors. The levels of VOCs in commercial buildings are often considered safe. But, they can still cause health issues if people are frequently exposed to them. VOCs and other hazardous chemicals can cause skin irritation, itchy, watery, or burning eyes, and nausea, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. These conditions are annoyances at least and debilitating at worst and can lead to decreased productivity and absenteeism.
A Green Workplace Cleaning Alternative
Don’t play roulette with your employees’ health by using cheap, toxic-containing cleaning products. Instead, reduce the presence of chemicals in the workplace while keeping it clean and healthy.
Many natural cleaning products can handle grime, grease, and germs as well as or better than conventional cleaners. Plus, they’re free of hazardous chemicals that may be irritating to employees and your clients.
To learn more about your options for commercial-grade, natural cleaning products, contact me today.
Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!
Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance