Winter is fast approaching and this means a lot of things for many people. For some of us, this is a joyful time of year, filled with festivities and time spent with loved ones. From a professional perspective, you’re still going to need to get work done, but you need to also make sure that employees feel safe, comfortable and supported with working in your office during the colder and darker months of the year. Here are some areas that you might like to focus on when it comes to getting your office space ready for the upcoming months.
Prepare Heating Systems
First and foremost, you’re going to need to make sure that you have good heating systems in place to keep your employees comfortable at work during this time. Temperatures are likely to drop and you need to make sure that your staff are warm enough in your professional space. All too many business owners simply don’t think about office heating until they turn it on for the first time once temperatures have already dropped. Don’t make this mistake. Too many people find that their systems are down or need repair and – with a surge in demand – it can be ahrd to get a hold of technicians and parts at this point. Instead, prepare in advance. Use and evening or weekend day to turn the systems on and ensure that they are working before they are needed. If there are any problems, an air conditioning, hvac, and furnace service will put wrongs to rights.
Make Access Safe
Remember that staff need to get into work safely, which means ensuring that all access routes are safe to walk, drive on and park on. During the winter, ice and frost become more prevalent and you may find that you need to grit any pathways, roads and car parks that your team use to get into work. This can prevent issues such as slips, trips and falls which can hurt your team and see them injured. Having grit or salt bins on site and ensuring that all areas are properly taken care of can help with this. Also bear in mind that the days become shorter, so your staff may travel into work or head home from work in the dark. Ensure that there are sufficient lighting options around to clearly light the way for them.
Plan Festivities Mindfully
For many of us, the winter season is a festive season. It is, however, important to be mindful of all staff members and to ensure that any festive activities or decorations planned are suitable and agreeable for everyone in your office space. You don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable, left out or ostracised. It’s a good idea to send out anonymous surveys where people can openly discuss what they feel happy and comfortable with.
Hopefully, some of the tips above will help guide you in the right direction when it comes to getting your business ready for the winter that is just around the corner!