Work Life Balance Concept, present by Business Working Woman holding a High Heal and Sneaker Shoes

Contributed by Taos.

People who work in the hospitality industry often spend a lot of time on their feet. Whether you’re a housekeeper at a hotel, cleaner at an airport, or even a janitor at a school, much of your job will involve standing or walking for large periods of time.

That’s why those who manage these employees or contract them to other facilities must ensure their workers have the proper footwear, be it comfortable sandals or supportive sneakers. Keep the following tips in mind to make sure your workers are wearing shoes that offer enough comfort and support. Doing so will make it easier to choose the ideal shoes for your team.

Did you know that the average housekeeper typically cleans 16 rooms a day? They’re also regularly exposed to spills and other hazards that could result in injury. That means they need shoes that offer both support and slip resistance. One slip could cause serious harm.

Even if a member of the housekeeping staff doesn’t suffer an injury, being on their feet all day without proper support could significantly impact their productivity and comfort level. Make sure the soles provide cushioning and are made of sturdy material designed to reduce the risk of slips.

Don’t Neglect Other Staff Members
Although housekeepers and janitors are more likely to be exposed to hazards than front-of-house hospitality staff, these employees may still be asked to move about the facility when assisting guests.

Even if they’re not, their jobs still require them to spend a significant amount of time standing. These staff also need footwear that protects from slips and maximizes comfort levels. Don’t overlook them when choosing the right shoes for your employees.

Make Sure They Fit Right
Feet change size throughout your life. While the change is more dramatic during childhood when the body is still developing, that doesn’t mean the changes that occur during adult life are always too minor to affect a person’s shoe size.

Thus, before ordering shoes for an employee, it’s important to measure their feet first. Shoes that don’t fit properly can lead to a wide array of problems that may impact an employee’s overall health and comfort. Wearing tight shoes can lead to bunions or make existing ones worse. Other potential effects include lesions and related uncomfortable conditions.

Keep in mind, shoes that are too large can also cause problems. Footwear that is too tight is more likely to irritate the person wearing them. However, shoes that are too large make an employee who spends a lot of time on their feet much more likely to trip and fall throughout the day.

Managing employees across the hospitality industry requires making sure their attire is both comfortable and functional. Shoes play an important role in doing this. Luckily, by keeping these tips in mind, you’ll easily be able to find the right footwear for your team.