Your employees are the backbone of your organisation and making sure your workspace is clean is a great place to start to keeping your staff happy, even if they don’t realise it!
Did you know the cleanliness of a work environment has a direct effect on your employees’ mood, productivity, and attendance?
Yes, and what’s more, all these things do have an effect on your business. So let us explain.
Increased Employee Productivity
From bad air quality to how the human brain seeks out distractions, cleaning leading to productivity seems like a tenuous link at first, but there are many studies and research to prove that a clean space is a productive one.
We all know that people don’t always keep on top of their desks and the office in general (think of the kitchen). From Monday’s lunch crumbs to the multiple coffee rings that help kickstart their workday.
If your employee's workspace is unclean, messy or cluttered, studies show they are more likely to feel fatigued and depressed.
Research also suggests an untidy desk can make it hard to focus on particular tasks and achieve goals during the workday. That harmless coffee stain is a distraction, as are those plates and dishes piling up on the draining board, not to mention the bin overflowing with Tesco meal deals.
This, in turn, leads to stress, which isn’t great for getting work done effectively.
A top tip: If you have a clean, organised office, then your staff won't waste time searching for the odds and ends they need throughout the day.
Hence, keep a clean, tidy, organised office and keep up staff productivity. This is music to most employer's ears!
Something is in the Air
Also, believe it or not, air quality is very important. Indoor spaces, if not ventilated and aired out regularly can become stagnant and polluted. It is believed that dirty, unhealthy indoor air diminishes human cognitive function.
So next time you walk into the office and it smells stuffy, open a window and let the room breathe.
If you want a team of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, productive employees, help them breathe cleaner air. A regularly performed, deep, professional cleaning will leave your office air fresh, work environments uncluttered, organized and clean.
Reduced Spread of Disease – Fewer Sick Days
Imagine, you are in an office and one person is slightly ill. They’ve touched the copy machine, the kettle, made you a cuppa and have been handing you paperwork all day.
Shared spaces are prone to the spread of germs and bacteria, especially in winter months when we button up all our commercial buildings tight. This reduction of airflow combined with the arrival of flu season means your office becomes the ideal place for unpleasantries to grow.
This causes a dramatic jump in sick days.
Moreover, your employees could pass sickness to their family which could mean more time off is needed, especially with children involved.
The following office conditions suggest a regular clean might be needed:
We know that it’s not easy to control employee behaviour. However, you can make sure the workspace is clean. Frequent cleaning and keeping on top of sanitising commonly touched or handled surfaces in the office are great ways to keep your employees healthy and reduce sick days.
How amazing does it feel when your own home is clean and fresh?
It’s the same when you walk into an office. After all, your employees might spend 8 hours or more in the same workspace. When that space gets dusty, cluttered and dirty, you often don’t notice it building up when it’s clean, you can guarantee everyone will feel better and happier for it!
All these points do make for a better work environment and helping employees do the best they can in their job. Also, you benefit from it as well because your office will get the care and attention it deserves too!