It’s in the news every day, labor shortages causing cutbacks in mass transit schedules, inability to offer school bussing or canceling of events. COVID has not only impacted our society from a health perspective, but it has gravely impacted our economy. Now that the United States is “open for business” again, people are needed for both operational and sanitization roles in order to “stay open for business.”
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 10.9 million job openings as of the last business day in July (a series high)1. The rate of openings in the Transportation, Education and Health and Leisure and Hospitality Services are at 7.2%, 7.7%, and 10.7% respectively2. With record job openings, how are work environments and modes of mass transportation being kept operational and clean?
The CDC’s primary recommendation for minimizing the spread of COVID is handwashing and mask-wearing. This, in addition to surface cleaning, is what will help prevent the virus from spreading. Efficient means to clean with effective products are the key to keeping businesses, schools, and transportation open. Although cleaners like Clorox and Lysol are effective, they need to be applied multiple times a day, and often need to be wiped on hard surfaces. A product like PURE® with a mister requires no wipe down and can be applied with no Protective Personal Equipment (PPE).
We have all heard of the term, “economies of scale,” we now need “economies of human resources.” For the limited labor pool that is available for work, we need to keep them healthy by not overworking them and by providing a safe working environment. If a person’s role is to clean classrooms, then knowing there are systems and products that make their role efficient and safe is a win for the employee, the employer, and the end-user of the setting, whether it be a bus, classroom, or theatre.
Keeping workplaces, schools and entertainment venues open with a limited workforce requires a combined approach of self-care, fused with the use of efficient and effective tools and products for cleaning and creating a safe work environment. Not only will this keep the labor force strong and healthy, but it will also help prevent the spread of COVID and other viruses, as well as reinforce confidence and public opinion that it is safe to get back to work, back to school, and back to venues of arts and leisure. Back to living life as we knew it before COVID.