Having a successful business depends on having a strong, reliable workforce, but sometimes the workplace can become a hindrance to employee health. For example, if your restaurant or retail space is in an older building or one in need of maintenance, your employees could be getting sick at a higher rate than employees at cleaner or newer facilities. An increase in employee illness can quickly result in a drop in both productivity and profitability. In today's Aegis blog post, we look at some maintenance and improvement projects that can help protect employee health and reduce workplace downtime.
Duct Work Cleaning
Houston is home to a humid climate, which means it's easy for mold to quickly develop in warm, damp places. One of the most common places for mold growth is inside the air ducts of commercial buildings, and if left untreated, mold spores can impact employee health by triggering allergy issues or asthma attacks. To prevent allergy or asthma issues for employees, it's essential to schedule ductwork cleaning on a regular basis to protect employee health.
Carpet Cleaning or Replacement
Another common culprit of employee allergy, asthma, or health issues is old carpeting or flooring. Over time, carpeting can gather millions of dust and dirt particles, as well as allergens such as pollen. In addition, your business might be leasing space that previously flooded but never had carpeting or flooring replaced, meaning mold could be lurking underneath. To ensure that employees are not impacted by contaminants found in carpeting or flooring, it may be a smart investment to replace old carpeting or flooring and have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
Reducing High Pollen Trees and Plants
Finally, your commercial building might be new and pristine on the inside, but the outside of your commercial property could be a serious health issue for employees if they suffer from severe allergies or asthma issues. To protect the health of your employees, consider only having shrubs or trees that don't produce as much pollen, such as magnolias or spruces, or ornamental plants instead of flowers. This can make the worksite a much more pleasant and healthy place for employees.
While there's no such thing as the perfect workplace free from injuries, illness, or health issues, we can strive to make our business as healthy and safe as possible for employees so they can thrive each and every day. When our employees are healthy and strong, our business will likely be as well. Healthy employees are more productive and less likely to be hurt or injured on the job. Another way to protect employees and companies is through quality Workers Compensation Insurance through Aegis Insurance & Financial Services. Our team of Commercial Insurance experts can help tailor a commercial insurance package that works for your unique industry needs. Contact us today at 713-850-7622 for more information, or fill out our online form to request a free quote!