If you’re in the northern half of the country, your week may have started off with an exasperated groan: Punxsutawney Phil has “spoken,” predicting six more weeks of winter weather. Whether you get your weather warnings from a woodchuck or stick to more traditional methods, here are a few tips on how to make it through the next six weeks.
Avoid slips and falls – Slips and falls are one of the biggest hazards in the workplace, and that concern is only amplified when snow and ice are in the mix. De-icers applied in advance of storms keep snow from sticking to walkways and increase the surface temperature enough to prevent ice from forming.
Carry safety inside – Once you get your workers and customers safely inside the building, it’s important to avoid indoor slips and falls, as well. Proper signage indicating wet floors, as well as floor mats, can help keep your floors free of melted ice and snow and keep people safe once they’re indoors.
Be healthy – 60% of workers still go to work when they’re sick. Encouraging workers to stay home and telecommute when sick can help keep the rest of your office healthy, and providing hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, and other cleaning supplies can help fight germs before they take hold.
Stay connected – In addition to staying home and utilizing telecommuting programs when you’re sick, employees should use similar protocol during hazardous winter weather, particularly when local authorities prohibit travel. A robust telecommuting program and arming your staff with the appropriate technology can ensure business continuity while still keeping safety in mind.
Keep busy – Don’t let cabin fever knock your office down. Providing versatile work spaces and stocked breakrooms inside the office and considering fun office contests and giveaways can help keep productivity levels high when the temps are low.