How Cleanliness Helps Company Moral and Reducing Employee Illness
When temperatures start to drop, like they have in the last week, employee attendance can drop as well. Based on the UK’s Cleaning Services Group, one person carrying a virus at work will infect roughly 50% of employees within four hours. Imagine how this state will badly affect the productivity of your employees. Therefore, a clean working environment is important in your office. Here are some tips to help reduce passing around this year’s cold.
On a daily do the following:
- Wipe down common space countertops, bathroom and breakroom.
- Wipe down computer mice, and keyboards
- Clean desk phones
- Empty all trash
- Spot sweep
- Spot vacuum
On a weekly basis do the following:
- Vacuum all carpets and rugs
- Mop all floors
- Clean toilets, sinks and bathroom mirrors
- Dust shelves, desks, and furniture
- Disinfect doorknobs and light switches
- Clean coffee maker
On a monthly basis do the following:
- Clean the microwave, refrigerator, and other appliances
- Wipe cabinet exteriors
- Clean baseboards
- Clean vents
- Clean grout
On a seasonal basis do the following:
- Check for expired food in the common fridge
- Clean vent filters
- Wash windows, blinds and curtains
In addition to the cleaning schedule you should promote office cleanliness by requiring all employees wash their hands after they do the following: sneeze, use the restroom, use cleaning products, handle garbage, handle dirty equipment, take off their gloves, and/or handle dirty dishes or tools.
Germs can stay on a surface for days and infect people long after the original sick person is gone. Whether they touch the coffee machine, the bathroom doors, the phone or the copy machine, everyone else who comes in contact with the surfaces are at risk. A clean office makes everyone feel better.
In additional to a healthy workplace, a clean and organized office can promote productivity, happiness and focus. It can also boost morale employees and client relationships from the confidence in handling such organized and tidy people. To gain these benefits, you must keep your office cleaned by throwing away unused files or documents and dusting everything, from computer screens and benches to the layer. Minimizing the belongings on each desk will make the office look tidier and organized. People will form certain perceptions of business as they view your office. A clean and fresh office will be seen as a company with valuable business standard from the way they structure and organize the office very well. Even so, it is not only clients who have the perceptions, the staffs will also have their own reaction toward their office environment. With a dirty and disorganized office, the staffs will think that the company does not have a high business standard. In return, they will show the perception through the quality of their work.
Whether you are trying to increase moral, or decrease illness in your workplace, a clean workplace will help your staff be more productive. Bottom line, when your staff is more productive, your business makes more money.