March 27, 2017
The average worker spends 40+ hours a week in the office, so keeping the workplace environment clean, tidy, safe and hygienic should be of utmost importance to office managers.
Keeping your office clean and organised creates a positive, calm and clutter-free environment. It not only makes the office a better place to work, it will also save the business money, increase productivity, ensure less absenteeism, and show employees that yours is the kind of company which invests in its people.
Hiring an office cleaning company to keep your workspace clean and tidy demonstrates that you value your employees and are the kind of company that cares about the wellbeing of its staff.
If workers are forced to perform their roles in an unpleasant space, one that is cluttered, has unhygienic surfaces and facilities, dirty carpets and overflowing bins, they will naturally feel as though their environment has been disregarded – signalling to them that it’s acceptable for them not to care either.
On the other hand, if an office is sparkling clean, fresh smelling, tidy and organised, employees will feel as though they are being better looked after and valued. This will improve employee attitudes towards their work, boost morale, and make them feel motivated and committed to their roles and the business as a whole.
Cluttered workspaces lead to distracted workers. If they can’t find things they are looking for, or feel uncomfortable with the level of disorganisation and dirt, if they spend their time feeling frustrated with messy colleagues or sending out disgruntled emails, they are simply not being as productive as they could be.
As reported by Phil-reporter.com, ‘Jeffery Campbell, PhD Chair of the facilities management program at Brigham Young University conducted a study on the relationship of cleanliness and learning in higher education. A total of 1,481 people were surveyed for the study. 88% of respondents reported that productivity, concentration, and learning is hampered in dingy places. Sensory distractions as clutter and foul smells affect focus in many ways.’
If an office is clean and tidy it is much easier to stay on top of it to keep it organised. Hiring a professional office cleaning service means that employees don’t have to spend their own time cleaning.
Office workers know that their time is much better spent concentrating on their work-related projects and the tasks that challenge their skills and abilities rather than cleaning, and will feel more able to focus on what they were hired to do once this burden has been relieved from them.
No one wants to start their day surrounded by yesterday’s rubbish, dusty equipment, foul odors and overflowing bins.
Walking into a clean, smart office every morning will put employees in the right frame of mind for the day ahead, and keep them motivated and focused throughout.
It is essential for office managers to promote good hygiene practices and cleanliness in the workplace. Phones, keyboards, office equipment and shared workspaces are all places where germs can easily cluster and spread. Reducing the spread of germs (and therefore disease) is essential and can save businesses a huge amount of time and money in the long run.
A cleaner office results in a healthier workforce. Employees who are fit and healthy won’t call in sick, therefore reducing the annual sick leave, as well as the stress and strain on other employees who have to take on extra work while their colleagues recover. Sick days, as reported by HRM Magazine, ‘costs UK businesses a staggering £28.8 billion every year.’ It’s certainly worth investing time and money preventing the spread of illness amongst employees by hiring a professional office cleaning company to ensure your workplace is cleaned to the highest standards.
First impressions mean a lot in business and if you are trying to impress potential clients or new employees, an office which is cluttered, dirty and messy is going to give off all the wrong signals. A messy office screams of inefficiency, disorganisation and unreliability, and it can be hard to shake that initial judgement.
Make sure you always present a fantastic first impression by welcoming visitors into an office environment to be proud of – one that shows you care about the business and that you and your team are organised professionals who can be relied upon to keep up the highest standards in business.
Paying attention to how clean your office is and investing resources into ensuring your businesses working environment is as healthy, hygienic, comfortable and ordered as possible can make such a huge difference to your employee wellbeing.
If you are looking for an expert, professional cleaning service to work with your business why not get in touch with Swift Office Cleaning Services today? Call London: 0203 405 8442 or Essex: 01279 413 641.