Money & Career
The Benefits of Office Cleanliness: How it Helps Your Employees & Your Business
1/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

Office Cleanliness

Have you ever stopped to think about what germs might be lingering around your keyboard? The office doorknobs? The telephone on your desk? At this high time for colds and flu, it’s something that must at least cross your mind. The flu is highly contagious – passing from person to person primarily by droplets that leave the infected person through a cough or a sneeze. These can easily infect a person up to six feet away and can even spread by germs that land on surfaces. According to a 2014 study, a virus sample placed on a doorknob and tabletops in an office spread to 40-60 percent of workers and visitors within just two to four hours. With all this germ talk, you’re probably wondering how you can evade these all-too-resilient microorganisms. Of course, you have the regular advice like, "get a flu-shot,” "get lots of rest,” "wash your hands often,” but how about this one: "hire a cleaning service for your office.” 

Workplace equipment can be 400 times dirtier than the average toilet seat; there are 16 million microbes on the average keyboard; and only three percent of offices sufficiently clean their equipment. Three. These numbers sound a little scary, but the good news is that there’s a solution. "The biggest point of concern for business owners that clean their workplace themselves is that the lack of experience causes them to miss areas that may be the biggest culprits for spreading germs,” says Luke Saucier of Southern Janicorp. It’s these overlooked things that can cause the filth – and germs – to build up. 

Offices are a main offender when it comes to places where germs are spread. Sick days cost businesses in the U.S. $225.8 billion a year. If you take care of keeping your workplace clean, you will not only keep your employees well and happy, but you will keep them at their desks, too. This equates directly to more dollars in the business’ bank account. You have some control over your employees’ well-being just by taking care of something as simple as the cleanliness of your workplace. 

A clean workplace doesn’t only mean that your employees have a lesser chance of getting sick, it also means they’ll be overall happier and more productive. Cleanliness, attractiveness, and organization of the workplace all matter when it comes to an employee’s overall feeling about their job. Research has shown that employees have a higher rate of job satisfaction, care more about their job, and even make less mistakes when their surroundings are cleaner. A clean work environment also means a healthier sense of community, reducing the rate of workforce turnover. 

Finally, we get to the big issue: customers. If you work in a business where your clientele regularly sees the inside of your workplace, cleanliness is of utmost importance. Surveys have shown that up to 80% of customers will avoid returning to a business simply because it has dirty restrooms. Scuffed floors, unpleasant odors, and dusty surfaces are red flags to customers and clients. Why? Think of your business as a reflection of you. It’s unprofessional to show up to work dressed unprofessionally, looking less-than-put-together, or just simply being unprepared, and customers will view (even subconsciously) a messy work environment as just that - unprofessional. It’s a reflection of how you conduct business and how much you care about your business. If you care about it, you care about your customers. Providing a clean place for them to walk into is a great way to keep them coming back. 

So, how do you maintain the cleanliness of your business? The task can sound daunting to some. Business owners that clean their facility themselves run into some frustrating issues: the amount of manual labor and energy required; the fact that their time is better spent working on other business activities that actually generate revenue; and the lack of professional equipment, experience, and techniques. Saucier explains, "People who have never cleaned in a professional capacity have no idea the kind of physical labor that goes into it. Who wants to deep clean after working a full day in the office?” If you’re a business owner, it’s probably normal to find yourself spread entirely too thin; it’s the nature of the beast. Janitorial services want to help alleviate one of the components of your long list of to-dos. A professional service will get the job done and get it done well. If you outsource a cleaning service, they are also going to have all the equipment and supplies needed to do a thorough job. 

Keep your workplace clean – efficiently and consistently, and you’ll see the benefits of safety, productivity, and overall satisfaction of your employees and yourself!

For more information, call Southern Janicorp at 337-436-3000.

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