WetKeys Washable Keyboards today announced the release of its popular Cleaning Guide for Keyboards and Mice to help reduce the spread of Flu and COVID-19 in the workplace. After six months of employees working from home due to the pandemic, companies are considering long-term plans for bringing employees back into the office safely. Returning to the office is no small consideration for an organization. The COVID surge across college and university campuses in Georgia demonstrates the risk of reopening without proper planning such as mandating social distancing, face masks, and cleaning protocols. Universities were in a bind to open quickly before proper measures could be fully considered and established resulting in forced, unplanned closures and unintended community spread. Businesses have learned valuable lessons from that.
Although tech giants like Google have extended their work from home policies until summer of 2021, this approach is not feasible for every company. The Wall Street Journal discusses some of the not so great side effects of remote work that some companies have observed: “projects take longer. Training is tougher. Hiring and integrating new employees, more complicated.” The initial productivity of working from home is waning, and employees feel more disconnected from their teams. These factors have employers starting to coordinate the proper and safe plans for reopening their offices. Companies have the flexibility on setting their date for a progressive return to the office and should use the time to address all the necessary measures.
Washable keyboards and mice from WetKeys and SaniType create clean collaborative workstations across all industries to increase productivity and safety. With a traditional-looking, durable and reliable model like the KBWKABS104-BK, your employees will be better equipped to safely share ideas and move your business forward. As offices reopen and begin to create safe collaborative spaces for innovation, keyboards that can be reliably sanitized without damaging the internal electronics, like the KBWKABS104-BK, are going to be crucial.
WetKeys and SaniType also offer a companion waterproof mouse that seamlessly replaces non washable versions and pairs well with the waterproof KBWKABS104-BK. Both can be fully saturated with cleaning solutions or washed with soap and water in the sink while washing hands. The WetKeys, OMWK0C03-BK, and the SaniType, OMST0C03-W, are fully sealed silicone mice with touchpad scrolls. The fully sealed membrane and touchpad scroll provides a single, seamless surface that is easily disinfected without any crevices or micro-surfaces that can shelter harmful pathogens. Paul Lawrence, the Chief Executive Officer, describes the benefits of pairing the keyboard and mouse for your office: “Our keyboard and mouse combo is designed to increase the efficiency of your teams and promote a cleaner office that protects your staff. With workplace safety and cleanliness being at the forefront these days, many savvy office managers buying for administrative stations and conference rooms have found this washable data entry duo to be the ultimate solution.”
Employees are legitimately concerned about going into the office and bringing a pathogen, such as COVID or the typical Flu home to their families. Many companies have already begun a blended strategy of work from home with the option of voluntary in-person work. This dynamic scheduling allows for proper social distancing measures between shifts and increased camaraderie among collaborative teams. The Wall Street Journal highlights CompuCom Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Office Depot, idea of establishing “core hours . . . [so that] teams would agree to come together for a limited time . . . to bounce ideas off each other, collaborate and strategize.” Having small groups safely collaborate to move projects along will improve the productivity during this time while a full reopen is still a massive risk. With the ability to keep employees at home for a time, companies have ample time to consider how to better protect these small teams in the meantime, and the entire office later down the line. The CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease provides a framework, and companies must consider their environments and the risk factors for contracting the coronavirus.
Cleaning protocols for shared workstations are just as critical to returning safely as face masks and other social distancing measures. The CDC recommends “providing disposable disinfecting wipes so that employees can wipe down commonly used surfaces (e.g, doorknobs, keyboards . . .).” Conference rooms designed for collaborative presentations with a shared keyboard and mouse must be regularly cleaned between uses. This presents the issue of finding reliable equipment that can facilitate company productivity but withstand the necessary CDC cleaning guidelines for the employee’s safety. To better protect your employees and see our full product catalog, find us online at WetKeys.com.