2020 will go down in history as a difficult year on many fronts. The global pandemic put the kiboshes on life as we know it. For many, it was a year peppered with loss and uncertainty. For others, it provided moments of reflection. Either way, no one came out of it unaffected.
Now in 2021, vaccination programmes are being implemented nationally. Many employees who have been furloughed or working from home will be returning to the workplace. This will bring many benefits in terms of training, culture and technology. However, most of us will return with a reasonable dose of trepidation.
This migration, along with a period in history that has tested us on many levels, means the spotlight will be shining all the brighter on colleague ‘wellbeing’. General wellbeing is very low at the moment. Rates of depression and anxiety markedly higher than they were 12 months ago.
Looking after your employees
As an employer, it goes without saying that a concern for employees’ wellbeing is more important that ever. As is actively striving to ensure that the working environment does not unduly impinge upon someone’s wellbeing. A healthy and content workforce benefits both parties enormously.
In the current climate, one of the greatest concerns for employees returning to the workplace is the very real risk of contracting COVID-19 from an infected co-worker. This anxiety may be further exacerbated if the colleague has vulnerable or high-risk people in their households or bubbles.
Keeping a clean and hygienic office or workplace is just one of many ways you can support your colleagues in their return to the physical world of work. At a time where many factors are out of our control, a robust infection management strategy with considered measures and medical-grade technology can provide a great deal of benefits both mentally and physically to everyone on site.
By now it’s ingrained in public understanding that COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is an acute respiratory infection. As with all respiratory viruses, the infection passes from host to host in viral loads from contaminated water droplets. As such, air quality is imperative in containing the spread of COVID-19. Ensuring a clean and consistent flow of air within a confined space is one of the only long-term solutions to reduce the risk of transmission.
As an employer, an effective way to reduce the risk of transmission amongst employees as they return to the office is to invest in an air sterilizer. This will also help to create an environment where employees feel safer and supported which can further contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing.
The benefits of a good air sterilization system are extensive. Here we explore a few…
1. Prevents spread of infection
Air sterilizers are built to catch coughs and sneezes in the air, filtrating particles out and therefore limiting the spread of diseases. This includes COVID-19 which is transmitted through respiratory droplets. A good air sterilization system also drastically reduces the spread of nuisance colds and coughs around the office. This supports productivity.
2. Improves wellbeing for employees
The use of medical-grade air sterilising technology as part of an infection control strategy can help employees feel more confident when returning to work. Reducing the level of stress, concern or anxiety about shared environments can in turn increase the overall sense of wellbeing amongst the workforce.
3. Helps allergy sufferers
A constant flow of clean air has been found to reduce the level of allergens in the air. That’s great if anyone in the office is an allergy sufferer. Air sterilizers can be utilised all year round, not just during cold and flu season.
4. Improves productivity
Finally, constant air purification has been found to significantly improve cognitive function, concentration and thus productivity amongst a workforce.
A happy and healthy workforce is one that saves (and makes) a business money. Staff work harder and produce greater results when they’re motivated and engaged. Employers also save on absenteeism if they keep staff healthy.
An air sterilization system is an essential piece of machinery to have in the office… but which one to get?
The tech specifications of which air sterilization system to get, what the differences are, and whether they really make a difference can get lost in scientific jargon. In fact, it’s enough to turn anyone off and make cracking a window feel like a better option (don’t – it’s not comparable in reducing risk). But help is at hand…
If you’re interested and want to know about the variations in sterilization vs. purification, the science behind it, and what a HEPA filter is, then our air sterilization jargon buster will clarify the above for you.
So, which air sterilization system should I choose to help my employees?
At Viso Air we believe that, although a purifier does what it says on the tin and purifies the air, a more advanced sterilization system is the way to go for workplace environments. We’d also advise enlisting the help of a specialist (like us) to properly assess your workplace. Understanding its size and function will help ensure you get the best sterilisation unit/system for your space.
With a state-of-the-art air sterilization system, the air is as clean as technology allows. This tangibly reduces the risk of spreading infection around the office. In our opinion, nothing else will really come close. The best sterilization systems will feature a True HEPA filter paired with UV-C light technology. This ensures particles, chemicals, gases and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are removed from the air.
At Viso Air we manufacture and install commercial air sterilizers to ensure offices and other commercial indoor spaces have the cleanest air possible. The machines are equipped with medical grade HEPA filters that kill up to 99.7% of airborne bacteria and viruses. The sterilizers are also completely ozone free, so your colleagues will only experience the benefits of clean, fresh air.
At a time when employees are uncomfortable at the prospect of returning to the office, ensuring the workplace environment is as safe as it could be is a generous and wise gesture from any employer.