Cleaner Work Spaces Mean Less Sick Days

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Most businesses would often attribute their success to ground-breaking strategies, out-of-the-box marketing techniques, and providing premium products or top-of-the-line services. True enough, these are all great ways for a business to be successful.

But what’s often overlooked is that these successful strategies and high-quality products and services are actually positive effects of having a clean workplace.

A clean office impacts your employees' productivity. Regardless of what industry your business belongs, a clean office represents the quality and professionalism of your company.

The Impact of Clean Working Environment to Employees’ Health and Safety

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All successful strategies are products of great efforts from employees working 8 hours or more a day. Regardless of how much bonuses and incentives you give your employees if they fall sick due to an unhealthy and unhygienic working environment, your business’ success will be unsure. On average, workers lose nine days at work because of sickness. This is because some employers mostly neglect office cleaning.

Office furniture and equipment are usually an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and germs. The average office keyboard can harbour at least 7,500 bacteria at a time. The spread of illnesses and germs around the office is very common due to poorly maintained office equipment. Viruses like the flu can even survive on hard surfaces like office desks for at least 24 hours. Meanwhile, poorly cleaned carpets can harbour allergens, causing respiratory illness and skin allergies. Dirty pantry, over-spilling bins, messy desks, and wet floors pose health hazards and increase the chances of an injury or accidents to happen.

Hiring a professional office cleaning service to clean regularly to make sure that the office is germ-free and clean to work in can greatly reduce employees calling in sick. Simply put, the less sickness floating around the office, the more people you will have in, and more work can be done. Absenteeism places a huge burden on the economy. Have your office cleaned regularly can certainly mitigate that risk.

Reasons To Maintain a Clean Workspace

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1. Less Stress

The last thing that any employee would want after a hectic day attending to work responsibilities is emptying the bins and cleaning up. Not only will this add unnecessary stress to your workers, but it can also cause discord and fights among your staff. This is because the person who often cleans will end up doing it for his team, which sometimes causes tension. However, bringing in a professional cleaner would not only turn your office into a clean, inviting place to work with but will also lessen your employee’s task.

2. Enhanced Focus

It is quite difficult for employees to keep their focus when everything around them is untidy and unkempt. And even if one’s workstation is clean and tidy, a neighbour’s cluttered desks, dusty conference room, the unhygienic pantry can easily cause distractions and reduce an employee's concentration levels. But if the whole office is clean and all areas are well kept, employees are less likely to find distractions from clutter and have higher levels of concentration, causing their productivity to go up.

3. More Efficient Works

A cluttered office can cist your company money and time. Employees are more prone to making mistakes and usually take more time searching for essential documents in a cluttered workspace. By cultivating a culture of cleanliness, employees will be able to keep their work areas clean. And with well-organized office space, there's less obstruction to distract your employees from work responsibilities, and less time wasted in looking for things, and workflows are more streamlined.

4. Your Business Reputation

Walking into a restaurant and seeing sticky tables, dirty floors, and smell something unpleasant, you will probably have an impression on the kind of business it runs and how they treat their customers. Well, your business office is no different. Most companies will have clients, guests, and employee’s families that may come and visit your office. And giving off an air of professionalism, in addition to cleanliness, can get you started on the right track and making a good impression.

Tips for Maintaining Office and Workplace Cleanliness

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Contract professional office cleaning staff:

If you have the budget, partnering with a professional cleaning service provider should help keep your office premises, shelves, desks, and indoors clean. We can assist for all of your office cleaning requirements.

Restock supplies regularly:

You will need to conduct a regular stock check and replace any essential items such as toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes before they run out to avoid hygiene disasters. Also, during periods of increased diseases and illness risks, especially during the winter season, consider having additional supplies stocked.

Use signage to promote a sense of cleanliness among your staff.

To maintain a clean and tidy workplace, it is vital that your employees also join the cause. Consider posting signage, which promotes cleanliness such as hand washing, CLAYGO (clean as you go), and more.

Conclusion

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Holding an office to high standards of hygiene can seem challenging at first. However, it is highly rewarding for everyone involved. Not only will it benefit the physical appearance of a workplace, but it will also have a positive impact on your employees’ safety and health, satisfaction, and productivity.

 

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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