How your cleaning service can boost your bottom line

Upward sales
When there’s no germs around, there’s no holding back – everything is get-up-and-go, right down to your bottom line

Who can’t do with a bottom line boost?

Especially at minimal cost.

F’rinstance, what are you spending on cleaning right now? A few hundred? A couple of thousand?

It’s still low on the overheads list, right? Somewhere between the stationery budget (does anyone still use paper these days?) and tea and biscuits for the kitchen.

A necessary expense though. Who wants to live with grimy desks or overflowing waste bins? Not exactly inspiring, is it?

More than the necessary

So every night, your regular hit team comes in and blitzes the place. Quick whizz round with the vacuum cleaner, wipe down all the surfaces, empty the bins, and gone. Commercial charring.

And we’re suggesting these folks can boost your bottom line?

Too right.

Because even if you doubled their fee, you probably wouldn’t feel it.

But then instead of a lick and a promise, they could do you a REAL service. Tidy the place up and…

Get rid of germs.

Hang on a minute, get rid of germs?

What for?

It’s not as if the place is infested or anything. Nobody’s dead or dying. Nobody’s sick either. Everyone’s at their desks, getting on with it.

Quality of interest, quality of work

OK, so how’s their motivation?

Responding well to working in clean, pleasant surroundings, are they?

Amazing what feel-good does for morale and productivity. Which is why so much is spent on ambiance and décor. Nice colour scheme, good lighting, comfortable furniture. All good, right?

All contribute to the bottom line.

So does getting rid of germs.

Of course, by reducing sickness absences. By reducing sickness at work as well.

We’ve all been there. Feeling a bit ropey, not really ourselves – but not sick enough to justify calling it in and taking time off.

Presenteeism, it’s called. The not so pleasant reality of being unwell at work. Definitely off colour, but coming in to work anyway. Feeling like death but getting on with it anyway – as far as anyone can through clenched teeth.

57.5 days a year we’re like that, most of us. Never a day off, but plenty of days less than good. Almost three working months of underpowered pushing and not really getting anywhere.

Motivation shot, productivity down the tubes. All anyone wants to do is crawl home, gulp the tablets and shut the world out.

The difference between clean and safe

So yes, get rid of germs.

It’s them that causing us to feel miserable – the source of our sniffles, aches and tummy twinges.

Maybe we picked them up at work, maybe we didn’t.

Though with so many of us working on top of each other, we’re certainly passing them around. Infectious, catching. No feel-good when we feel bad. No feel anything except lousy – a sure kill-all for productivity.

Rubbish for the bottom line too. Because feeling lousy cannot produce good work. With low quality work and commitment through the floorboards, it actually costs the business plenty.

Ooh! Who cares, as long as five o’clock rolls round as quickly as possible?

Problem? Solution!

Aha! But wave the magic wand and the problem goes away.

Stop feeling unwell and people get their mojo back. They WANT to do stuff, feel like going places and getting somewhere. Even breaking records and grabbing the lead.

All possible when there’s no germs around to slow anybody down.

So get your cleaning company to make sure there aren’t any. They’re already getting rid of the dirt, let them get rid of the germs as well. Pay them the extra, and breathe more life into that bottom line.

No, no, not rubbing and scrubbing and bleach. Too labour-intensive, takes hours, costs a bomb, and leaves the place stinking of bleach.

Better to use hydrogen peroxide with one of those Hypersteriliser thingies. Oxidise germs to nothing in forty minutes flat, just by pressing a button. No viruses, no bacteria, no fungi, no mould. No bugs to catch, or smells either, the whole place is sterile.

Productivity plus

OK, so what does that do to staff morale?

The place where they work is cleaned every night – AND all germs removed.

Which shows exactly how much does the management care or what. Way more effectively than feng shui surroundings, gym membership, fruit at reception, or Elton John playing in the corridors.

All of which cost more than cleaning or tea and biscuits – that bottom line again.

But look at the plusses. No more absenteeism costs, presenteeism costs, or lapses of concentration costs. No more productivity losses either.

Your crew are up for anything, gung-ho and feeling good, ready to conquer the world.  Up to speed enough to turn your bottom line on its head.

Not bad for a lowly cleaning service, hey?

Go on, pay them the extra. You’ll get it back with interest and then some.

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Originally posted 2017-03-15 14:39:08.

Germs outbreak at work: your disaster plan is ready

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An outbreak? Don’t panic. Get the professionals to steriise the place. No germs, no illnesses. Call 07776 451222.

Disaster is right. Any outbreak is. For the people involved and from the money angle too.

You could lose thousands, maybe millions, if this isn’t handled right.

So it’s handy to have a plan you KNOW is going to work. To fix it so the germs are gone and everybody is safe. And to be sure they won’t come back again, at least in the immediate future.

It’s an easy plan too. For whatever outbreak you might have. E. coli, flu, SARS, norovirus, or something more serious – even anthrax or typhoid.

With jet travel so quick from all kinds of possible trouble spots around the world, you never know what might come home on your suitcase.

Plan for the worst, hope for the best

Get your people out of there. Send home the ones who are sick if they’re not already in hospital. Notify your cleaners you have a hazardous job to be done. After that, seal off the place.

Then just call one phone number. 07776 451222.

That’ll bring a hit team of health protection professionals with all their gear – ready on your doorstep within 24 hours, anywhere in mainland UK.

First off, they’ll need to know the place is cleaned. If it isn’t, because of the health risk, they’ll have to direct your cleaning team – or bring in one of their own. Cleaning is essential before any hazards can be removed.

One number in your area – 07776 451222

Eliminate all germs

Then what the team will do is sterilise. Mist the place up with ionised hydrogen peroxide that penetrates everywhere. That destroys all germs on contact – oxidises all viruses, bacteria, mould and fungi so everything is dead.

Your place is now safe to re-enter, all germs are gone. And with no germs around, nobody can catch anything. Your outbreak is over.

Nor will it come back because the mist disperses everywhere, including deep into cracks and crevices – the unreachable places that hand cleaning cannot touch. And the air space too – around 80% of every working area. You can tell it has worked because all smells are gone.

Once bitten…

A word of caution though. The place might be sterile, but any staff members who are still infected can upset everything if they come back early.

Likewise, the cause of your outbreak. If it’s from some integral deficiency – like damp in the walls, poor ventilation or excessive heat – this kind of quick fix will need to be done again. And again, and again, and again – until the root problem is solved.

Bear in mind too, that the sterile condition wears off.

Just like we clean our teeth every day to maintain safe personal hygiene, so regular treatment is necessary to keep germ levels low.

We all of us carry around our own personal germ cloud with us. We’re even made of bacteria anyway.  Scientist now know that 90% of our bodies are colonies  of benign and beneficial bacteria – only 10% of us are human .

And working closely together in the same space as we so often are, we are constantly exposed to each other’s microbiomes, as they’re called. Most often, not a health issue of any kind – but not always.

That’s how cross-infections happen. One person gets a bug – and it goes around like wildfire. Coughs, colds, and others more serious. Exactly how your outbreak spread in the first place.

… and don’t come back

Regular hygiene treatments however reduce these hazards. Not just for staff going sick, but for those with a minor ailment that sets them off colour. Not serious enough to stay home, but enough to feel like it’s the end of the world at work.

Underpowered staff at half speed for as much as 60 days a year or three working months – a major drain on productivity, particularly with mistakes and concentration below par.

Which could make your outbreak a blessing in disguise.

Alert now to the dangers of workplace germs, your regular hygiene treatments can actually boost your bottom line. Staff feel more healthy, better motivated, more committed to get-up-and-go.

Good thinking, Number One, your disaster plan is working.

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Originally posted 2017-03-14 15:06:49.

No amount of sugar can sweeten the truth – it’s ANTIBIOTICS that make us fat

Plus size girl cutting fat off
We can cut out sugar, starch or all of them – truth is, we’ll still be fat unless we cut out antibiotics

The truth is certainly that we’re all getting fat.

Two thirds of adults are already overweight or obese. So are one third of children.

Our couch potato lifestyle, junk food addiction and sugary drinks are to blame say the experts. We’re bringing this misery on ourselves.

The truth is equally that we never used to be like this. The Swinging England of the Sixties was stick thin by comparison. So were the Seventies, and the Eighties.

People slouched in front of the telly in those days too. And ate junk food. Wimpy hamburgers from Coventry Street in 1954. Pizza Hut from Islington in 1973.

And of course Coke from 1926, starting at Selfridges.

Uh huh.

The disastrous miracle

Looks like there’s more to the truth than meets the eye. Our Mums weren’t fat, so how come we are?  How come if we want to look slim, we have to be Photo-shopped that way?

Because if all the things that are supposed to make us fat were around all those years ago, why are we only ballooning up now? Our current epidemic of fatness only started in the late 90s, so what was different in the 40 years before?

Yes, well those were the days before factory farms were invented to feed the world’s exploding population. 2½ billion back then, versus 7½ billion now. Farmers needed a magic bullet or all of us would starve.

The miracle they chose was antibiotics.

First, antibiotics would keep animals healthy, all crowded together in the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) needed to supply large numbers.

Second and more amazing, antibiotics would make them grow faster. Bulk up quicker, be ready for market sooner. From egg to roasting chicken in six weeks. From new born calf to Aberdeen Angus steak in 14 months.

Fatter and fatter

Though scientists had known about the growth phenomenon ever since antibiotics were discovered in 1948 – overnight they rocketed to became the ultimate growth booster. Round the world, antibiotics were shovelled into animal feedstuffs like there was no tomorrow.

Today, according to a government report, 240,000 tons of antibiotics a year are used on farms around the world. By 2030, that could nearly double.

An industrial volume so staggering that medics attribute it as the major cause of antibiotic resistance. The rise of superbugs – harmful and often lethal bacteria that have mutated to become immune to treatment by antibiotics.

Officially, antibiotics are therefore banned from animal feedstuffs as a growth booster – certainly throughout the EU. They’re still used to keep animals healthy though. Their daily dose is still administered – but not as food, as medicine.

And in the super-crowded, unhealthy slum conditions of CAFOs, antibiotics are essential to keeping them alive.

Fatter vegetarians too

It doesn’t stop there.

Manure from these animals is used to enrich soil and fertilise plant crops. It’s full of nutrients – and residual antibiotics. Because as part of nature’s life balance, most animals excrete 80% of what they eat – to become a food source for plants and other living things.

Which means animals are still EATING antibiotics anyway. Not added to food, but already in there – grown from the earth in the grass, straw, soya, maize and corn they’re fed.

And that means, you guessed it, they’re laced full of antibiotics when they’re sold and wind up on our supermarket shelves. Food that we will eat, charged with these same super growth boosters – more and more with every meal. Deliberate fat-makers we don’t even know we’re eating.

It’s not just in meat either.

The same animal fertiliser is ingested by plants of all kinds – grain crops, fruit and vegetables , fruit trees, everything. They’re full of antibiotics too.

So is our water. Antibiotics from manure leach into the soil and down to the water table. They’re in our streams and reservoirs, including the Thames.  Every turn of our kitchen taps is another partial dose.

Deliberately fatter, without our permission

And there’s the truth of it. Every meal we eat, every morsel, every bite – contains a residual dose of the most efficient growth booster in human history.

We’re getting fat because our bodies respond just the same way that animals’ do. We crave power foods because our hunger switch is always on. Our bodies never know when they’ve had enough. They even extract more food value than they should, absorbing more nutrients, accelerating the fattening process.

Thanks to antibiotics, we eat too much.

Can’t face the truth? Easier to live with than the mumbo-jumbo we’ve  been sold about diets all these years though, isn’t it? Which, it seems, is not exactly the truth either.

Besides, it means it’s not our fault we’re fat.

We’re the only ones who can fix it though. And it can be done. Simple physics. We’re eating too much, so we all have to eat less.

Not easy. To succeed takes hard work and will power.

And that’s no lie.

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Originally posted 2017-03-10 15:05:22.

Avoidable: the invisible overhead you’re always paying a bomb for

Stealing money
You don’t see it, but germs at work steal a whopping chunk of income every year, and we do nothing

Can’t see it yet? Of course not, it’s invisible.

So here’s a clue.

Look around your office, count the empty desks.

People off sick, work not happening, lost revenue – we’re talking absentees, right?

Nice try, but that’s not it.

Now count the desks with people who look under-par.

Martyrs sick at work

Head down, avoiding your gaze because of a headache. Rheumy eyed. Sniffling. Twisting with gut ache. Waiting till you’ve gone to run to the loo – again.

They’re your walking wounded. Martyrs all. The ones who shouldn’t be at work, but came anyway. Sick as dogs,  feeling like death. About as useful as elephants on roller skates.

Yeah, we’ve all been there – including yourself. More liability than asset. Going through the motions, making mistakes, just wishing it was time to go home.

57 days a year, we’re like that. Almost three working months. Not sick enough to take leave, but not well enough to be on top of things either. Blundering on with some bug we probably caught at work anyway – because that’s where we spend most of our time.

Always at risk

Some bug at work. How sensible is that?

We wouldn’t expose ourselves to noxious fumes or toxic chemicals. Too dangerous, impossible to do business.

Yet we expose ourselves to other hazards every day without a thought. Invisible, so we don’t even twig that they are there. Always and every day, waiting to do us down. We can’t see germs.

We sure as hell know when they hit us though – and still we do nothing.

Totally crazy, right?

If the germs were a notifiable disease like polio, or mumps, or SARS, the Health & Safety people would be all over us, trying to shut us down.

Yeah, but they’re invisible, see? Rotten, horrible germs. How can we plan for hazards we can’t see?

We don’t see them, so we don’t think of them. Not lazy, just not on the radar. But dangerous, just the same. And big money losers too.

Just a hint of legionnaire’s disease and we’re hauled into court, fined, shackled with a criminal record and lucky if we don’t get nailed with a custodial sentence.

OK, it’s against the law to gloss over hazards like legionnaire’s disease. Every business is responsible for the safety of its staff. To protect them from hazards like dangerous germs and care for their health. And legionnaire’s is one the law gets tough on.

Where’s the protection?

But how nuts is it that we don’t have protection from any others?

There’s billions of germs all around us and we do nothing. Not even wash our hands if we’re honest – which 95% of us don’t even bother to do properly.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

And it costs money, money, money.

Utterly nuts because it’s all avoidable, just by taking precautions.

If there’s no germs, we can’t get sick. And if we’re not sick, there’s nothing to stop us working at full power. Nothing to stop us going to the top, ready to take on the world.

All it takes to stop germs is to make the place sterile. Which your cleaning service can do right alongside the nightly swamp-out of desks and waste bins after everyone goes home.

Push button easy

Easy peasy, and about as difficult as using a vacuum cleaner.

A lot less effort though, machines do it automatically. Press a button and forty minutes later, all those invisible germs are dead.

So instead of paying a bomb, you’re saving a bomb. Instead of being underpowered, you’re firing on all four. No more invisible hazards, more like visible money-making.

Come on! What are you waiting for?

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Originally posted 2017-03-09 15:03:51.

Stop germs at work and save thousands. Ignore them and risk millions – even going to jail

Man in jail
Germs don’t just make you sick, you could wind up in jail too

Protecting staff health is a real money-maker. Neglecting it can mean two years in jail.

So what’s it going to be?

Like, stop people coming to work with colds and flu because there’s no germs to catch – and you could boost productivity by as much as third. Three months extra work, all for the same pay.

But gloss over checks on your water system for the bacteria that causes legionnaire’s disease – a notifiable disease, which means super-dangerous, you’re in trouble if they finds signs of this in your prem – and you are going down, baby.

Not good for your health

A criminal health and safety record, no more company directorship, unlimited fines, two years porridge. More if a staff member dies, and manslaughter charges stick.

Didn’t know germs were that important to business, huh?

Better wise up.

Get familiar with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Plus the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations controlling health and safety at work.

Not forgetting the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 – germs can be just as deadly as asbestos, toxic fumes or any other hazardous chemicals.

Not that your staff are exposed to any of them.

But they might be.

Since germs are too small to see, you  can’t say what they’re exposed to with any certainty.

Fixing the downside

You can see the effects though.

Workaholics determined not to lose a day’s pay, they drag themselves in with churning tummies and pounding heads. Sick as dogs but intent on being heroes. Not really capable, but going through the motions, And passing their germs on to everyone else in the process.

Except you’re savvy enough to add office hygiene to the daily cleaning routine. So together with regular vacuuming and wipe-down, you have the place sterilised overnight as well. All viruses and bacteria sent to oblivion, so your staff start safe in the morning.

Full of beans, ready to go at full power – with all capabilities in play that you hired them for. Plus the motivation of feel-good. No germs, no problems, an unstoppable drive to success.

Yeah, well. Duty of care and all that. You know how to make it pay off.

The price of not caring

Compare that with shrugging it off – never needed anything before, so why start now?

Ask G4S Cash Solutions.

When one of their workers went down with legionnaire’s disease, the local council launched an investigation. No legionella assessment on their site for three years, 200 people at risk, they threw the book at them.

£1.8m fine for water systems safety breaches. Very nearly a jail sentence.

Which means mess with the wrong germ and it can cost your business plenty.

Because G4S aren’t the only ones.

£300,000 each for cider-maker HP Bulmer and water contractor Nalco in 2008 after two deaths in Hereford.

Manslaughter charges for JTF Discount Warehouse for three deaths in Stoke-on-Trent in 2012.

And countless other fines up and down the country.

Avoidable – and profitable

Not worth taking chances, hey?

Reckon there’s always germs there. Take action to eliminate them  – and laugh all the way to the bank.

Easy-peasy. Not rocket science. And a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card

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Originally posted 2017-03-08 15:43:31.

Staff at risk: the invisible killer that could put you out of business

Blindfolded businesswoman
Blind to the risks – just because we can’t SEE germs doesn’t mean they’re not there

Invisible because it’s too small to see.

But at a tiny 2 microns long, it could be the biggest challenge your business ever faced.

Right, we’re talking bacteria. A single cell of legionella pneumophila in this case.

Not something we think about every day, but a daily threat that lurks in water systems – at home, at work, anywhere.

Wherever it might be possible to breathe in water droplets.

Why is it dangerous?

Because it leads to flu or pneumonia-like illness – legionnaire’s disease (legionella) – a serious lung infection that can make you very ill, or even kill you.

And it spreads very rapidly through big buildings like hotels, hospitals, museums and office blocks – particularly through air conditioning.

The threat we never know is there

Hear the alarm bells ringing?

You should.

Because by law, you are responsible for the health and safety of your staff. It’s your duty to protect them from the risks of legionella. Yes, the stuff is invisible – but that doesn’t mean it’s not there, waiting.

Even if you haven’t heard of it, you are accountable. And not knowing about the law is no excuse. You could be sued if somebody catches it – even tried for manslaughter if somebody dies.

Which should start you thinking about what you should do. Not just to be fully compliant. But to protect your staff as far as possible – they are after all, your biggest assets.

Because legionella is not the only invisible germ threat.

Billions and billions more

Living and working in enclosed spaces as we do, there are all kinds of other bacteria and viruses we’re exposed to daily as well. Just as invisible, just as dangerous. And your duty of care means you should be taking precautions against them as well.

Most of them, our immune systems can shrug off. And if we do catch a bug, it’s usually of the inconvenient or nuisance variety – colds, flu or a tummy upset.

Not serious, unless you look at the money they cost. All staff get expensive when they can’t function at 100%. Slaving at your desk, nobody is more committed. But how good are your maths reflexes when your head is pounding and you’re all bunged up?

Of greater concern are other heavyweight bugs we COULD get. Especially living in the jet age, when colleagues on business or holiday can bring back all kinds of illnesses at incubation stage – with no immediate sign that anything is wrong.

Breathed in or communicated on contact, they’re quick to spread though. Via high touch objects like light switches, door handles, keypads and touchscreens. Or simply on documents handed around.

Safety in our own hands

Handed – how most germs actually spread. And they’re invisible, remember?

We’re not very good at preventing them either. Because most of the time our hands don’t LOOK dirty, so we reckon we’re safe.

Meanwhile, the reality is that:

Which leaves us wide open to all kinds of dread diseases. MERS or bird flu from Asia. Yellow fever, cholera, malaria or Ebola from Africa. Zika from South America.

And all the other nasties from everywhere – hepatitis A and B, HIV/AIDS, measles, meningitis, TB or typhoid. Plus the more familiar miseries our sloppy hygiene can bring – norovirus, rotavirus, shigella and strep throat.

Ramp up the hygiene

OK, it’s YOUR duty of care to ensure your staff are safe. Not exactly easy when you have to protect them  from themselves.

You can’t FORCE them to wash their hands. But you can give them reminders – antiseptic gel on every desk, antibacterial wipes too. Positive but unobtrusive against invisible threats.

You can also shorten the odds. Eliminate ALL germs in the workplace after they go home in the evening.

For instance, get your cleaning company to give a good going over with hydrogen peroxide mist and you KNOW your staff are safe. 99.9999% of germs destroyed, you can breathe easy.

Sure, they’ll bring in loads more germs when they return in the morning. We all carry clouds of invisible germs with us, so that is inevitable.

How to stay in business

But with the workplace totally sterile first thing when they get started, there’s less chance for anybody to catch anything.

Worth doing to stay in business. And avoid a record of criminal negligence.

Which is what will happen if legionella pneumophila or any of these other invisible germs DOES strike.

You want to stay clean out of it.

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Originally posted 2017-03-03 14:18:08.

How to fix the NHS – in 45 seconds flat

Girl showing stopwatch
If each of us took just 45 seconds with soap and water after everything we do, most NHS problems would simply go away

45 seconds is the time most people take to sing one verse of God Save the Queen twice.

Same length as the official version played at major events, like the FA Cup or international athletics meets.

It’s also the same time health experts recommend we should all take to wash our hands.

Not just a wiggle under the tap. Or just a rinse. The full Monty with soap and hot water – including between the fingers and backs of hands.

OK, big deal.

Soap and water to the rescue

So how does this rescue the NHS?

According to the latest media uproar, the system is drowning under the sheer number of patients. A&E departments swamped, operations backed up for months, not enough beds to care for people properly.

To spell it out more clearly – way too many patients.

Huh?

The NHS is a massive organisation with a budget this year of £107 billion, how can there be too many patients?

Because a lot of them SHOULDN’T BE THERE.

Our political train smash

Thanks to political machinating twelve years ago, most GPs don’t work weekends any more, so patients go to A&E instead of their local clinic. Except – surprise, surprise – the human body doesn’t take the weekend off, just like professional hospitals don’t.

Because when you’re sick, you’re sick. And you can’t wait around haemorrhaging all over the place because some politico bribed doctors for votes by letting them loose on the golf course.

Yeah, but politicians don’t sign up to the Hippocratic Oath – or any other code of conduct, it seems. For yonks doctors knew that their whole career was on call, day or night. They even made house calls.

Now, thanks to Westminster – none of whom are practicing doctors, last time anyone looked – you either call an ambulance, or you go to A&E. An organisational train smash.

And that’s not just weekends. It’s every day.

Because appointment times are so backed up, it takes a month to get to your GP anyway. Even then, there’s hours in reception, waiting to get your 5 minutes. Not exactly helpful with that headache killing you, or the pain in your chest that won’t go away.

Wash the whole problem away

So how does washing our hands help?

Think about it. Most everyday ailments are caused by infection of some kind. Tummy troubles, respiratory problems, allergies – viruses or bacteria at work to make you feel lousy.

And how do you catch them?

By swallowing them, or breathing them in, or sometimes by absorption through the skin. Nearly always introduced into your body by your hands – those things you do everything with – touch, feel, hold, grab, move, rub, scratch. Oh yes, and eat.

At the same time, we all know the importance of hygiene – that there are viruses and bacteria everywhere, waiting to do us down. But somehow washing our hands never seems to be on the radar.

We’re too OK, most of the time. Unaware that our hands become loaded with germs with everything we do. That they need constant “de-germing” to keep us safe. And that ordinary soap and water for 45 seconds will get rid of 99.9% of them.

Dishing the dirt – on ourselves

It’s more like we have a death wish. Because, believe it or not:

OK, so if 95% of us aren’t washing our hands properly, how many of us are falling ill from side-stepping 45 seconds of soap and water?

Probably at least half – maybe even a lot more.

But suppose we DID remember – and DID NOT fall ill as a result?

No need to go to the Doc at all, hey? No need to run to the NHS because the Doc’s not available. No crowds, no hours of waiting, no A&E staff stressed out from non-stop pressure. Problem sorted.

And all from 45 seconds of easy self hygiene.

Brexit from germs

A lot better than the politicians can do, because they’ll never get it right. Unless they can see votes coming out of soap and water, they won’t think about it anyway. They play best at down and dirty – and we’re all paying for it.

Wash our hands of them and our £107 billion NHS organisation suddenly becomes the amazing support mechanism it’s supposed to be. Brexit from germs.

Not bad for 45 seconds.

God Save the Queen.

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Originally posted 2017-02-23 12:19:38.

So, taken to the cleaners – by yourself, or by your cleaning service?

Stealing the pound
Are you robbing yourself blind, paying your cleaning service peanuts?

Not by your cleaning service, that’s for sure. What are your cleaners on, £7.50 an hour? Not exactly a fortune is it?

So if anybody’s taking you to the cleaners, it must be you, yourself.

Tight-fisted on your cleaning account – and robbing yourself blind doing it.

How does that work?

Well, your cleaning service probably wants to do more already. Not much of a future, wiping down desks, hoovering around and taking out the rubbish, is there?

So any outfit worth it’s salt would like to do more.

Better change thinking

Not easy with you being so stingy. It’s only cleaning, why pay more?

Only cleaning, right. Nobody wants to work in a pigsty, we can see that part.

A lick and promise, make it look tidy – that’s all it’s worth.

As if.

What about taking out germs as well as the trash? Most shared workplaces are full of them, ever thought how much they cost you?

OK, it’s a bit more than the six days off sick that most staff take every year. From germs probably picked up at the office. Everybody working together in the same space, catching a bug is inevitable.

So that’s already £522 a head for every absentee – we hope your cleaning service is worth more than that.

It’s only half the story though.

Unwell at work costs

How about the times staff struggle into work unwell, feeling like the end of the world but determined to be at their desks? Company heroes, yes – but hardly there at all. Head pounding, running a temperature, about as much real use to you as soggy newspaper.

Been there yourself, right? We all have.

But did you realise we’re like that almost 60 days a year? That’s three working months – nursing a cough or flu, but unwavering. Toughing out tummy cramps. Probably doing more harm than good.

Any idea how much that costs? Well take a look here and prepare to be shocked. As much as quarter of your salary bill down the tubes, and more.

And all from germs picked up at the office.

Which you know is true. First, from all the sniffs you can hear within ten feet of your door. And second, because the media are always banging on about it. Scary headlines to grab the eye when there’s no assassination to talk about.

Lots and lots of money, yes?

Except don’t go blaming your cleaning service. At £7.50 an hour, it’s hardly anything to do with them.

But it could be, if you’d let them.

All the way to the bank

Get them to add health protection to the swamp out service they’re already providing. Even if it costs triple, you’ll still be saving a mint.

Better still, pay them a decent fee – enough to eliminate germs entirely – and your staff unwell-at-work costs could drop to nothing.

Which would bring you what? Better productivity, higher staff morale, stronger commitment, mushrooming feel-good – you could use some of that.

Worth a bit more than £7.50 an hour, don’t you think?

And lot better than the ride to the cleaners you’ve currently lucked on yourself, thinking you’ve chopped costs to the bone.

Go on, give them a call. Then see what your balance sheet looks like at the end of the year.

Feels good to clean up, doesn’t it?

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Originally posted 2017-02-02 16:38:15.

Why cultures that eat with their hands are more germ-safe than we are

Indian family eating
More to savour, more to enjoy – and ALWAYS washing hands before anything

Germ-safe and healthy, despite what you might think.

Because whenever did you hear of a norovirus outbreak in India? Or Morocco? Or Thailand? Or Indonesia?

Not very often, right?

Not that it doesn’t happen.

Delhi belly is a world famous killjoy. But not always caused by overpowering curry.

More frequently, it’s accepted as as a lapse in ritual.

Hand hygiene is a way of life

Because the unbreakable etiquette in all countries that eat food with their fingers is – to always wash your hands first.

Not exactly what we do is it?

Though our whole lifestyle often involves eating with our fingers – sandwiches, wraps, pizza, burgers – hardly ever do we remember to wash our hands at all. Always assuming we can find a place to wash them in the first place.

It’s not in our culture, it’s not in our lifestyle.

And thanks to messy eating options like Nando’s or Sticky Fingers, we even get it backwards. That hand basin in the middle of the restaurant is for after, not before. Sticky fingers, smeary mouth. Right in front of everybody.

Weird.

Which shows just how iffy our knife and fork thinking is.

How can they be safer to eat with, or keep germs away, when our hands might have gone a whole day without washing? Office, bus, taxi, tube – plenty of places to pick up bugs. And pick them up off the fork into our mouths as we eat.

Respect your body’s temple

In Muslim countries, wudu or washing hands is pious ritual, far more than hygienic necessity. Being clean of body and mind is essential in all things about life. Hindus call it abhisheka . Among Jews it is netilat yadayim. All of them remove germs.Ritual washing

Not so ourselves, with our cruise-ship virus, our Don’t-Wash-Hands-Disease, our norovirus.

Beyond good, basic hygiene there is nothing in our culture to require us to wash our hands before meals – or at any other time. Hard statistics bear this out:

Unthinkable in cultures that eat with their hands. Probably even sacrilegious. Which when you reflect on the philosophy of My Body is a Temple makes a whole lot of sense.

Much better than writhing in agony with tummy cramps, violent vomiting and unbearable dairrhoea.

And look at the feel-good  people get from eating with their fingers. All senses working together to enjoy – seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, and hearing the sounds inside your mouth reminding you this is fun.

Wash our hands and we can have fun too.

Without the all-too-often queasy feeling that all is not well.

Enjoy!

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Originally posted 2017-02-01 15:25:30.

Unexpected staff illness – how much can it cost?

Pilots in cockpit
Exactly what’s at risk when staff are unwell at work? And is it affordable?

Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Because there’s no such thing as unexpected staff illness.

So, it happens. We’re all human.

We’re all vulnerable to germs.

Up one minute, down the next. Suddenly feeling unwell is a fact of life.

Inconvenient at the best of times, it can also be very expensive.

Missed flight because the crew were sick? That could cost thousands.

A whole plane-load of missed appointments, onward connections, overrun deadlines, a legal claims nightmare.

Not that anyone is ever to blame. Except perhaps they are.

Duty of care

What steps does management take to protect the needs of customers? Massive pay-out insurance? A stand-by crew, always on hand? An effective health protection system?

No wonder airlines try it on that crew sickness is an “extraordinary circumstance” – not deserving of compensation.

Poppycock, of course. If they were a school, there’d be a supply teacher in there without missing a beat – and paid for as an anticipated cost of doing business.

Which is one way round – throw money at it. And hope it doesn’t get worse.

Have-a-go heroes

So what happens if an airline pilot feels unwell, but flies anyway – playing hero against the schedules? Could be worse, could be disaster. How good is his judgement if he’s not 100%? Are his reflexes fast enough? Can he focus on the job without endangering his passengers?

It’s an issue all organisations face. Airlines, accountancy firms, supermarkets, fast food joints.

OK, so it’s not so life-threatening, flying a spreadsheet instead of an Airbus A380 – but the issues are the same. Unwell at work, same opportunities to make mistakes, forget key factors, gloss over vital requirements.

And depending on the outcome, the sky’s the limit in terms of costs to be compensated. On top of the predictable cost of salary paid for, but not returned in productivity. People staggering in to work unwell – and not being able to cope.

And that can run to thousands too – especially with multiple staff.

Lots of money. A major investment in unnecessary overhead.

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases

Because at least 85% of the time, most illnesses at work are preventable.

Avoidable because they’re picked up in the workplace. Lots of people in close quarters, working together – exposure to commonly shared germs is inevitable. Transferred on contact mostly, via high-touch fomites. Remember Kate Winslet in Contagion?

Everyday items like door handles, light switches, lift buttons, touch screens.  Personal items like keys, money, credit cards, cosmetics – and most of all phones.

Whoa, whoa, hold it.

What are we, germophobes? Paranoid about germs and demanding everything scrubbed spotless?

Hygiene reality check

Allergic to unnecessary costs, more like. To bankrupting ourselves with needless expense and the wheel-spin that goes with it. Customer delays, underpowered service, missed opportunities, lost business and slowed momentum.

Which is why we keep flogging this Hypersteriliser machine we’re always banging on about. The thing that takes out all germs and makes the place sterile. No germs, no chance to be ill, where’s the problem?

Especially when it’s so push button easy to do. Whooshhydrogen peroxide mist everywhere, job done in forty minutes.

And saving a ton of money, over and over and over.

Which answers the question doesn’t it? Unexpected staff illness – how much can it cost?

Nothing, if you take the right steps.

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Originally posted 2017-01-31 15:03:50.