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OFFICE PLANTS

OFFICE PLANTS

A QUICK GUIDE TO FINDING YOUR INDOOR PLANT

Looking around my office I have to admit the parts that always perk me up (besides the coffee machine) are all the green accents of foliage. I like to call indoor plants, living artwork, and when you look at some of these options you will understand why!

No matter what you office space consists of, there is always a plant that can work with what you got! Some plants can even live in a dark bathroom and only get watered once every month!  Any office can get on board with that!

Now if you want to add some elegant pops of color with minimal maintenance you can always go the route of Orchids. These beautiful flowers last for months and take literally only 2 ice cubes every 2 weeks for watering! It is the perfect plant for people who can’t keep plants alive.

 

Looking at the chart you can see that some plants need very little water or sunlight, meaning there is a plant for every office!

Sanitizing Standards

Sanitizing Standards

What is your facility plan to keep a safe workspace during the predicted second wave of the Covid 19 viral outbreak?

It's that time, we must all prepare for the second wave of the Covid 19 viral outbreak. Projected to be even more dangerous and destructive than the initial round, there really is no excuse to not have a safety plan for your business and your building. Do you not have a plan for a fire escape? Do you not have a plan for workplace violence?  We all need to know our plans of attack before a situation becomes a crisis.

Personal protective equipment and masks all help to lessen the curve and lessen your chances of contracting the virus, however, as we all know, in real-life situations occur that are unplanned. Say you're at work and a coworker who is sick uses the restroom, takes her mask off, coughs, and then opens the door to leaves. The next person to touch the doorknob will never know what happened before they came to the restroom and no matter many times they wash their hands or how many masks they wear in public, the risk is still there. In fact, the risk of contamination at work is incredibly high because most people feel more relaxed

around people, they know and probably practice less safe distancing.

CREATING A PLAN…

The CDC recommends that if you do have a positive case of COVID-19 in your workspace the first thing you should do is evacuate the contaminated area for 24 hours. After you have it evacuated the area for the proper amount of time, you can then invite a cleaning crew who is properly equipped with a hospital-grade disinfectant spray,  like Aspen’s crew,  to sanitize the area completely on every surface both hard and soft. After seven days you are allowed to invite your employees back to the area. I know this sounds like an impossible plan, we can't be without our workspace for seven days, can we? Unfortunately, we do not have a choice this is the new normal by the rules to end the destruction of the pandemic before it gets even worse. This is the time to come together and be over sure we have done everything in our power to slow the spread of coronavirus.

 

Back to THE OFFICE

Back to THE OFFICE

 HOW TO RETURN TO WORK CONFIDENTLY

Well, it's that time, whether we are ready or not, it is time to head back to the office and pick back up our lives to resemble some sibilance of normal. Returning to the office after this devastating pandemic can lead many to feel a slew of emotional anxieties and physical discomfort; all of which are completely reasonable. The ‘what ifs’ starts to add up in the minds of the worried and can have negative effects in a workplace even if there is no immediate threat of contracting the infamous Covid-19 virus itself. These are unprecedented times we are living in and it is important to remember we are all experiencing this together and we are all doing what we can to get by. With that said, it is critical to know your options both as an employee and an employer when returning back to the office. 

The CDC has listed helpful cleaning options and disinfecting guidelines on their website for all the different sectors of industries that can be followed when returning back to work and opening doors back to the public: Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Facility.  In the chance that a coworker becomes infected, there are vital steps that must be taken; immediately close off all areas that the infected person could have contaminated, Open outside doors and windows to increase ventilation, wait 24 hours before inviting a cleaning crew into vacuum and disinfect all surfaces, and then wait an additional 7 days before allowing others to return to the compromised area.  These guidelines are helpful when treating a potential positive case of Covid-19 situation,, but at the end of the day it really comes down to an individual responsibility we each must take to know when to stay home. Truly, it is always better safe than sorry.

Aspen Services Group does offer an EPA registered hospital grade disinfectant spray service. If you or any business that you know of could benefit from a disinfectant spray, then please just reach out to us! We provide free estimates and full transparency. Regardless of your business having a reported Covid-19 case or not, I can guarantee that your employees and guests will feel 100% more confident in returning to your facility.

 

“at the end of the day, it really comes down to an individual responsibility we each must take to know when to stay home…”

 

Further information: 

The CDC website also has employer edification on how to notice changes in employees’ emotions as they return to work.