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Published May 22, 2018 (last updated November 11, 2020) Author: Employsure

Bullying in the workplace has many faces – manifesting itself in physical, verbal, and social forms. It burrows into different areas of your workplace and negatively affects your business as a whole.

Bully-Free Workplace Masterclass

Watch our detailed webinar to learn more about workplace bullying and how to manage it.

The webinar covers:

  • Identifying and managing bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace
  • Negative impact of bullying on the business
  • Employer’s legal obligations
  • Reasonable management actions
  •  Tips on conducting a difficult conversation
  • Complaint investigation procedure

For additional information on managing workplace bullying, download our e-guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Can Hygiene Be Improved In The Workplace?

    Hygiene can be improved in the workplace by following four simple steps.

    1. Introduce a hygiene policy. This policy should clearly explain what you expect of staff. It should also state what the business is willing to provide employees.
    2. Regular cleaning. Simply, regularly cleaning – of the toilets, workstations and the office – is one of the most effective ways to improve hygiene. If possible, hire external cleaners to clean the office after hours.
    3. Provide toiletries to employees. Prompt your employees into maintain a hygienic workplace by providing them with toiletries. For example, sanitiser bottles, soap, boxes of tissues, and clean wipes.
    4. Internal communication. Remind employees of the importance of personal hygiene on a regular basis. Let them know how much it means to your business. Also, it is best practice to lead by example.
  • Do and Don’ts of Personal Hygiene In The Workplace

    • Do clean up after yourself
    • Do regularly wipe down your workstation
    • Do wash your cups and mugs daily
    • Do use sanitiser provided for you
    • Do adhere to the company’s hygiene policy
    • Don’t sneeze or cough without covering your nose and mouth
    • Don’t leave the toilet without washing your hands
    • Don’t use a public toilet without wiping it down
    • Don’t irregularly clean your workstation
    • Don’t clean your face regularly with reused tissues
  • Can You Fire Someone for Poor Hygiene?

    An employee could potentially be dismissed for poor hygiene practices.

    However, if an employer wants to avoid an unfair dismissal claim they have to make sure the dismissal is not harsh or unreasonable.

    For instance, the hygiene issue has to be a significant disruption to the workplace. Additionally, the employee must be offered a chance to improve themselves or address the issue.

  • How To Maintain Personal Hygiene In The Workplace?

     To maintain personal hygiene in the workplace, you must keep doing the following things:

    • Regularly clean your desk. Stop infections from spreading, and dust from gathering, by cleaning your desk.
    • Sanitise your hands at least once day. Another method of halting infections in their tracks. Sanitisers kill bacteria and viruses in ways that soap won’t.
    • Regularly wash your cups, mugs, plates and cutlery. Be safe rather than sorry by regularly washing the kitchen equipment you regularly use.
    • Keep a box of tissues on your desk. In case you need them, to cover a sneeze or clean your face, make sure your tissues are within arms-reach of you, always. 
  • How Do You Talk to An Employee About Personal Hygiene?

    • Write, provide and implement a hygiene policy. This is the best first step to talking to an employee about personal hygiene. It is also gives you some background and context to support you if a serious conversation is needed.
    • Generally remind employees about personal hygiene. Even if you would like to discuss the issue with one employee, avoid embarrassment by reminding all employees of your expectations. As hygiene is a sensitive issue, make sure your communication is delicate.
    • Talk to them privately. If you wish to talk to an employee about a specific issue, pull them aside and speak to them privately. 
  • What Is A Clean Desk Policy?

    A clean desk policy sets out an employer’s expectations of the cleanliness of an employee’s desk. For instance, it can request employees pack all their documents into their drawers before leaving. Regularly wiping down a desk can also be stated in a clean desk policy. 

  • How Do You Enforce A Clean Desk Policy?

    • Write a policy. Detail want you, the business owner, expects from your employees.
    • Provide copies of the policy to employees. Make the effort to communicate your expectations to the employees.
    • Remind employees of your expectations. Every now and then, remind employees of your expectations
    • Generally remind employees about the clean desk policy and its importance in the workplace.
  • What Are Some Hygiene Rules In The Kitchen?

    The rules that follow are some suggestions for office kitchens. Commercial kitchens may follow different regulations.

    • Do not leave dirty cups and plates in the sink
    • Clean up any mess you make
    • Do not leave food unattended
    • Put all scraps into the bins provided
    • Regularly empty the fridge of leftover food
    • If you make a mess, clean it up
    • Label your food
    • Leave the kitchen cleaner than you found it
  • How Do Work Procedures Help Employees to Handle Food Safely?

    • By encouraging hygiene discipline. Let employees know what you expect of them, so they can govern their own behaviour.
    • By informing them of best practice. Some employees may want to know how to stay hygienic. A procedure describing how to handle food safely might be what they need.
    • By stopping the spread of infection and illness. A properly carried out procedure should reduce the spread of illness. Food not handled safely can spoil easily.
  • Why Is Food Safety and Hygiene Is Important?

    Food safety and hygiene is important because it helps keep a workplace healthier, more productive and happier. A hygienic workplace is a healthier workplace. There is less sickness, and illness spreads more slowly.

    As a result, a hygienic workplace is also more productive. Less sick leave is taken by employees in hygienic workplaces. Handling food safety properly is an important part of a hygienic workplace.

  • Why Is It Important to Keep Work Areas Clean?

    Workplace hygiene policies should also make provision for each employee to clean and maintain their own workstation or work areas.

    The hygiene policy could include regular cleaning of surfaces with disinfectant. This would result in a drastic reduction of infection and illness. Policies typically also include keeping the area tidy and free of clutter.

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