Healthier workplace, Healthy workforce

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There is no question that working environments have a significant impact on health and wellbeing. Productivity and morale in office-based staff can all be impacted by small changes in working conditions, for instance, simple features such as natural lighting and modern kitchen amenities can potentially have a big impact on the wellbeing of a team.

Of course, a top quality barista service would also make a nice upgrade to any office, together with a weekly back massage service – but that might be getting slightly carried away.

In fact, one of the simplest ways of supporting a healthy workforce is by ensuring that workplaces are kept clean and hygienic with regular, thorough cleaning schedules that use the most appropriate products.

This isn’t just for aesthetic reasons, although it is undeniable that clean and tidy entrance halls or washrooms give off a far better impression of a company than the dirty, unhygienic facilities. In fact, it is well-known that promoting hygiene and appropriate cleaning in the workplace can actually improve the health of a workforce and reduce absenteeism.

Sickness absence

It is estimated that more than 400 million working days were lost in the UK due to sickness absence between 2013 and 2015. In fact, the UK Health & Safety Executive says sickness absence is a key business issue, and an indicator of how well an organisation is managed. While workplace productivity can be affected by a number of factors, including stress and anxiety, infections can also spread rapidly in closed environments and also cause workers to take days off sick.

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A regular and thorough cleaning schedule throughout an office is essential, targeting key germ hot spots such as office phones, door handles and kettles, while maintaining high levels of hygiene in all areas from the office to the reception.

The washroom should also be considered a germ hot spot in any building, requiring extra attention and planning to keep to a high standard of cleanliness. After all, germs that make their way on to the hands here can easily be transferred to other surfaces throughout a building.

And the majority of infections can be carried and transmitted by the hands – at any one time a thriving community of well over 300,000 species of bacteria dwell on each palm. But while it is widely known that you should clean your hands thoroughly after using the washroom, many people still do not comply.

Give workers options

Office washrooms should offer a range of soap and sanitiser dispensing equipment, so that there is something to suit the personal preferences of every worker and visitor. Some people prefer to use touch-free dispensers, for instance, while others will always use paper towels over hand dryers, or prefer to use gel rather than foam soap.

Our latest Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue includes details of our new Washroom Dispenser range as well as additions to our Jangronauts children’s dispenser range, among many other product updates.

On our website, you can also find helpful resources to support your facilities cleaning and hygiene programme, including a washroom cleaning schedule, a wall chart promoting proper hand washing technique, video product usage guides, and full free training programmes through our Learning Management Solution.

Keeping things spick and span is a practical and simple way of boosting the health of a workforce. Once this fundamental is perfected, then it might be time to think about the in-office massages, upgraded coffee stations and beanbag breakout areas.

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Jangro is proud to pay the Living Wage

As a newly-accredited Living Wage Employer, Jangro is committed to fair pay that reflects the real cost of living

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce that it has received accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Jangro, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 in the UK or £9.75 in London. Both of these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, and employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
Jangro Operations Director Joanne Gilliard said, “We are committed to fair pay that reflects the real cost of living. The dedicated team that works at Jangro are our greatest business asset, and accreditation as a Living Wage Employer means we are fairly reflecting their hard work and the value that they bring to our business, and to our customers. Being a Living Wage Employer is vital to maintaining a strong, motivated team.”

Director of the Living Wage Foundation Katherine Chapman said, “We welcome Jangro to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living.”

“We are a movement of over 3000 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of small businesses as well as big household names like; IKEA, Aviva, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more.

“These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Jangro join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

Hand Hygiene saves lives!

It is Save Lives Clean Your Hands day on 5 May, an initiative by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to raise awareness about the importance of good hand hygiene. The focus is on healthcare, with a call to action to help fight against the spread of antibiotic resistance.

shutterstock_302159240.jpgGood hand hygiene is of course second nature to healthcare workers around the world, but it is also crucial that the message is heard by patients and visitors, if it is to be effective.

The WHO’s Save Lives Clean Your Hands campaign aims to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the gateway for reducing health care-associated infection and patient safety. It also aims to demonstrate the world’s commitment to this priority area of health care.

The WHO’s calls to action for the 2017 campaign are:

  • Health workers: “Clean your hands at the right times and stop the spread of antibiotic resistance.”
  • Hospital Chief Executive Officers and Administrators: “Lead a year-round infection prevention and control programme to protect your patients from resistant infections.”
  • Policy-makers: “Stop antibiotic resistance spread by making infection prevention and hand hygiene a national policy priority.”
  • IPC leaders: “Implement WHO’s Core Components for infection prevention, including hand hygiene, to combat antibiotic resistance.”

Find out more about how you can support these calls to action on the relevant section of the WHO website, which also includes tools and resources to support your campaign.

Here at Jangro we have given careful consideration to the hand hygiene products we offer through our network. Our new Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue gives further details of our latest washroom range, including perfumed and unperfumed liquid soaps, foams, sanitising gels and wipes all of which confirm to key standards including EN 1499, EN1276 and EN13727. The efficacy of hand hygiene products in tackling infections is a crucial factor in tackling the spread of infections.

At the same time, having a range of options available can increase the likelihood that a person will wash or sanitise their hands more regularly, and more effectively. We offer dispenser options to suit all preferences, as well as our specially-developed Jangronauts range of hand hygiene products for children, which includes free resources for parents and teachers to help promote the hand hygiene message.

We also offer a range of wall charts and posters, including a guide to hand washing, which can be downloaded for free and used in facilities as part of a hand hygiene campaign.

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Make time to find out about the WHO’s valuable Save Lives Clean Your Hands campaign, and remember – infection control is in your hands.