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How to Show Your Appreciation During National Healthcare Environment Services Week

National Healthcare Environmental Service Week (EVS Week) is the perfect time to show your environmental services team, including those involved in senior home cleaning services, how thankful you are for the critical work they provide for the health of your patients, clinicians and stuff, especially during this pandemic. This year, EVS Week falls on September 13 through September 19, providing you with an entire seven days to recognize, appreciate and celebrate your devoted team members. Use these tips and ideas from ServiceMaster Clean to show how grateful your facility is for your healthcare environmental services crew.

What Is EVS Week?

In 2020, more than ever before, the work of your EVS team is paramount to safety in healthcare. Sponsored by the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), EVS Week is a time to appreciate the hard, tireless work of healthcare environmental services and housekeeping professionals. It offers a chance to show your gratitude for the team members who are on the frontlines against the coronavirus, spending countless hours cleaning and disinfecting healthcare environments on repeat.

The Importance of EVS Week in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the endurance of healthcare workers across the world as they fight against a novel virus. Without your environmental services team, clinical staff would be unable to perform their jobs safely and they, along with patients, would be at risk of infection. Now, more than ever, are their knowledge and skills needed to ensure the safety of patients and your employees as they work tirelessly as the first line of defense against COVID-19.

EVS Week offers a fantastic way to demonstrate gratitude and appreciation to these unsung heroes. During this week, your cleaning teams should be recognized for their dedication and focus on providing a clean, safe, and healthy environment for patients, families, and staff. Let’s make the most of this week by thanking valued cleaning team for their work and dedication during these unsettling times.

EVS Week Gift Ideas

Make sure you take the time to let each employee know how much you appreciate their time and service. In addition, encourage your managers and supervisors to send a personal note of appreciation to each team member as part of the week’s activities. You can also give out gifts to your environmental services and housekeeping team. Some gift ideas for EVS Week include:

  • Gift certificates to a local coffee shop or restaurant
  • Small gift baskets
  • Personalized gifts
  • Coffee
  • Bags and totes

We at ServiceMaster are so grateful for our colleagues across the country who bravely don their PPE every day to protect their communities. Each ServiceMaster location is locally owned by entrepreneurs making their communities better - in schools, offices, clinics, hospitals, senior living facilities, and more. Our frontline employees clean our communities to keep us all safe. THANK YOU!

From ServiceMaster Clean, we hope you and your healthcare cleaning crew enjoys this year’s National Healthcare Environmental Service Week.

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