What Do You Need To Do Before Reopening Your Office?


With more people being vaccinated and more states trying to reopen fully over the next few months, your office may once again be located in an office building soon rather than spread across employees' homes that you see in video conferences. Returning to the office will expose some issues, and there will be an adjustment period; part of your staff may actually want to keep working from home. If you plan to have anyone in the office, though, including yourself, you'll need to get the office ready. That's going to take more than just turning on the lights.

Pest Control

First, arrange for pest control. If your office is in a building with multiple companies, talk to the facility manager about when pest control will happen in the entire building. When offices closed suddenly in 2020 due to lockdowns, people weren't prepared. Desks were left covered with paper, and people may have left snacks behind. Plus, with less activity in the offices, any pests that got in were bolder; they didn't have to hide from lumbering humans with bug spray and shoes. A pest control company will need to treat the building and inspect to see if there are problem areas, like a pile of copier paper that's now literally a rat's nest.

Appliance and Equipment Inspections

Office kitchen appliances have been left dormant for months, and if there was food left in the fridge, you need to be sure the fridge can be cleaned and is usable. Copiers, printers, and other equipment also need to undergo servicing. This allows you to replace or repair anything that's having problems before people return and expect to find working equipment.

Deep Cleaning With Coronavirus Disinfection

Next, have the office deep cleaned, and ensure it's disinfected for coronavirus and other germs. Each office has likely built up a lot of dust by now, and you want the place to look (and smell) as if it hadn't been closed up for months. After the office has been cleaned, arrange for regular janitorial services if the property owners don't offer one or if you own the building outright. Not only will you need them in general, but you might want to arrange for more frequent janitorial services at first to reassure employees that you take cleanliness seriously.

The first couple of months back will require vigilance; snacks should not be left out, all crumbs should be wiped up, and paper stacks need to be as few and far between as possible. As things return to some semblance of normal and you determine that the pests aren't coming back, you'll be able to let the janitorial services settle into a reasonable schedule.

To learn more, contact a janitorial service.


8 April 2021

An Easter Celebration

Growing up, I was extremely close to my family. In fact, I lived with my parents and my sister until I married my husband eleven years ago. Unfortunately, I moved seventy-five long miles away from my family after my wedding. But I still visit my childhood home at least once each month. Our growing family also still celebrates all of the major holidays including Easter. Because my husband and I plan to start a family soon, we hope to begin hosting more family gatherings at our home. When this takes happens, I know I will need help cleaning my house. On this blog, I hope you will discover how hiring cleaning services can help you plan a stress-free Easter celebration.