Break room, common room, kitchen…whatever your company calls it, the purpose is the same: to provide a shared space for employees to relax, eat and unwind from the stresses of a day on the job. All break rooms, regardless of the organization or the employees that inhabit them, have one thing in common: they’re one of the most commonly used and populated rooms in a workplace.
One room continuously cohabited by a large volume of people guarantees one thing: germs, and lots of them. During cold and flu season especially, you can be sure that a microbiological zoo of bugs is thriving on the handle of every refrigerator and on the buttons of every microwave. While the accumulation of germs, bugs and other microbiological monsters can’t be mitigated by one clean forever, there are some common measures that you and your coworkers can take to make the break room a cleaner—and subsequently safer space —for everyone.