Everyone knows the importance of having a clean office, but what many may not know is that by maintaining a clean and healthy environment, you can significantly lower absenteeism.
The office cleaning experts at Clean-Slate Janitorial Services note that their clients who have their office cleaned frequently report fewer employees calling in sick and an increase in productivity from their workers. The reason is obvious: regular cleaning, especially during the winter, kills germs.
Most people doubtlessly have horror stories about one co-worker’s cold or flu spreading like wildfire through the workplace. Maintaining clean surfaces is one of the biggest ways to cut down on the spread of germs and viruses.
A recent study from the Conference Board of Canada reveals that absenteeism costs the Canadian economy $7.4 billion in lost revenue every year. While not all absenteeism is due to illness, employees taking time off because they’re sick, especially during the winter, does play a significant role in lost revenue due to employee absenteeism.
There are steps that employers can take to prevent the spread of germs, such as offering sanitary wipes and keeping bottles of hand sanitizer around the office. Maintaining a clean kitchen/break area is another way to cut down on lost time due to employee illness.
Often, a work environment cannot open windows, especially during the winter months and/or in a high-rise office building, leading to air being re-circulated, as well as dust and other allergens lingering in the air and on surfaces, such as carpets. Often, air inside an office can be two to five times more polluted than it is outside. Clean-Slate recommends regular cleanings during the fall and winter in order to keep the air in the office environment as clean as possible.
And when cleaning, Clean-Slate advises customers to use green products that won’t trigger employees’ allergies. The chemicals found in many cleaning solutions can aggravate allergies and lead to other illnesses.
By maintaining good air quality, you’ll avoid a phenomenon known as “sick building syndrome,” in which employees or residents feel sick when they’re in the building due to poor air quality, but feel fine once they leave.
But the need to keep your office clean goes beyond air quality. According to a study from the University of Arizona, the average office worker’s desk contains more bacteria per square inch than a toilet seat! To cut down on this, Clean-Slate recommends having employees’ desks cleaned—even by the employees themselves between professional cleanings—as often as possible, especially during cold and flu season.
Most importantly, who wants to work in a dirty office? If you provide your employees with a clean work environment, it will be good for morale and productivity.
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