Keeping a clean office might not seem like something you’d need to debate. Being clean is universally held as important and all of us have experienced the “clean your room or else” talk. So it might not be something we need to really hit home with, but it is something we can take a closer look at.
A lot of time and effort goes into keeping a space clean be it a home, office or restaurant, it sometimes helps to know exactly what are the benefits. So let’s take a look at what studies have shown, are the best things about keeping it clean.
#1 It benefits office upkeep
The workspace is home to plenty of expensive items and materials. From printers and computers to carpets, hard floors and furniture getting the maximum life span out of all these things is a common goal. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure they get the kind of cleaning they need, as regularly as they need it.
Dust damage to electronics, stains and build up on floors and surfaces to damage caused by pest infestations the risks are plenty. A filthy environment, or even a slightly neglected one, can significantly reduce the life span of your assets, resulting in costly replacements and repairs. This would make cleaning a significant part of office maintenance, rather than just an obligation to fulfil.
#2 Reduced risk of illness
Buttons on a printer, the office microwave, desks and doorknobs and toilet seats. You and every other person in the office will touch all these objects constantly. Turning all these things into hotspots for sharing dirt and germs and helping a cold go from one absent co-worker, to a full-blown epidemic in your business.
This isn’t such a surprising benefit, but it does go further than keeping your employees happy and healthy. Reduced risk of sickness will directly affect the number of sick-days taken. Studies in America have shown that with more than a 54% loss in productivity sick leave costs businesses up to $225 billion dollars each year.
Having a daily routine of disinfection can drastically reduce the risk of a sickness spreading through the office. Having the right cleaning materials and staff to maintain a hygienic workspace could be well worth it in the long run.
#3 It changes the way people see your company
Everyone has, at one stage in their life, walked into a building and immediately thought “Ew”. This is not the reaction you want when new people visit your building, be it old or new clients, current or potential employees, first impressions count.
Making sure that everything shines, that your building is organised, hygienic is a reflection of how you and your people do business. Never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth, and if the first thing people see when they enter your space is a floor so clean you could eat off it, they will tell someone about it.
At the end of the day, you want as little as possible getting in the way of success. You want your employees at full capacity, you want your office running smoothly and you want your business to look good and leave people feeling good. Getting the right people, the right products and the right tools to make your business shine, literally and figuratively, looks to a big step toward achieving this goal.