Imagine that you are an office manager overseeing a department of 25 employees.
One day, an employees comes to you and complains about his co-worker's body odor.
How will you tackle these kinds of complaints in your office?
For a professional HR manager, that’s an important question to ask himself.
These types of hygiene issues happen a lot in overcrowded offices. That happens because these workplace don't have a policy to manage this issue.
Without a workplace hygiene policy it's difficult to have employees clean after themselves.
Things are different when having a workplace hygiene policy. Every employee would practice good personal hygiene as mentioned in the company guidelines. And the ones who don't, would be easy to give them notices referring them to the hygiene office rules.
The question is which rules should that policy include?
Elements of a workplace hygiene policy
An effective workplace hygiene policy include physical appearance guidelines for employees. These guidelines include such aspects as:
1. Personal hygiene guidelines:
All employees are expected to follow proper hygiene in the workplace rules.
2. Dress code and uniform guidelines:
The staff that has regular in-person contact with the clients is required to wear appropriate business attire.
3. Grooming and facial hair guidelines:
4. Cleanliness guidelines
Over to you
Once everybody in the office follows the guidelines mentioned in the workplace hygiene policy, it’ll be much easier to handle personal hygiene issues in the office. Because, in this case, you can refer the personal hygiene issue of the employee to the company's hygiene rules.