The working clean
Running a business has no shortage of challenges: cleaning shouldn’t be one of them, says Pristine Cleaning NI’s Donna Monteith.
When you hire a professional service, you’re guaranteed to always have a sparkling, sterile and safe work environment, so many offices will turn to a professional cleaning service to get this.
Professional cleaning companies do more than vacuum the floors and wipe down the counters. Commercial cleaning services can include janitorial services, sanitary services, floor cleaning, providing office consumables and more.
Cleaning is about more than just the aesthetics. A clean work environment has numerous tangible benefits for your employees, customers and even the physical building itself:
Office cleaning can improve the health of the public and the workforce. Colds, germs and other illnesses can spread like wildfire through any office or public building, and keeping your building clean will drastically reduce this spread. Regular cleaning leads to a decrease in sick days and an increase in employee happiness.
Want a more productive workforce? A clean and organised office environment gives employees the freedom to concentrate on their work, as mess, clutter and dirt can be very distracting. Up to 90% of office workers say they feel more productive in a clean environment, whereas messy workspaces lead to disorganised thoughts and unnecessary stress.
An office where no care or attention is taken to ensure things are kept in order can be difficult to work in. It’s also more likely that important documents get misplaced or thrown away. The cleaner the office, the more likely that employees will take care to keep their own personal space organised, their desk clear, and documents neatly filed away.
Time and money savings
If office cleaning is left to employees to handle themselves, the time spent doing so could have been used more
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Contracting out cleaning gives you and your staff peace of mind. Knowing that you are creating a safe, organised and welcoming working environment means that everyone can get on with their tasks without the burden of having to ensure the office is kept clean.
Showing your employees that you’re willing to invest time and resources into hiring a professional cleaning service demonstrates a commitment to providing them with the best possible working environment.
Employees who feel well cared for are more positive about coming to the office, and are more likely to work harder and feel a greater commitment and loyalty to their job and the business as a whole. When it comes to work, you want to make sure you are as productive as possible.
Businesses already have a lot to focus on and stress about when it comes their daily operations, so when a workspace isn’t clean, this stress will only increase. Employees often feel overwhelmed and distracted by a crowded, dirty workspace, making the work environment even more stressful. The cleaner the workspace, the less stress workers will suffer.
Lack of focus, threats to health and safety, and high levels of stress are easy ways to kill office productivity, but having a clean and organised workspace will alleviate these problems.
Simply organising your desk and vacuuming the floor can be quick ways to achieve a more constructive environment. But a professional, thorough cleaning of your office is the best way to ensure that you and your employees are working as productively as possible.
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