Too busy to tidy and clean? You might be up against tight deadlines, in meetings for hours on end or just too bogged down to have time for office cleaning and tidying your desk. However, what if cleaning your office meant that you and your team achieved more of your goals? What if a weekly clean created a few more hours in the day? Or,your efficient and professional-looking office led to you gaining more clients and customers? Is it time to consider employing a professional cleaning service? Here are 5 reasons why you should keep your office clean and tidy.
Your office space says a lot about you (and it’s not always good)
Never underestimate the power of the first impression. When a potential client enters your office and sees your reception area and desk, what will they think? Does your working environment shout, ‘organised, professional and on top of things’ or, does it say, ‘disorganised, chaotic and out of control?’ If in doubt, ask a friend to pop by and give their opinion.
Whereas untidy and dirty is off-putting; a tidy and clean workspace is welcoming. It tells your clients that you are approachable and that you care about your work. Using an office cleaning service on a regular basis will ensure that all areas of your workplace are clean and tidy including desk areas, reception, kitchens and bathrooms.
Are your staff smiling? Keep it clean – keep them happy
You spend so many hours a day at work that it’s just as important to feel comfortable there as it is at home. If, for example, you are working in an environment that is unpleasant through uncleanliness or clutter (or both) there will be fall-out of some sort. How does this present itself? With an unhappy, unsatisfied and demotivated workforce.
Instead, using a commercial cleaning company ensures that your workspace feels like a second home. Your staff will want to spend time in a place that is hygienic and functional. Importantly, when your staff are happy, it shows in many ways and not just from the smiles on their faces.
It’s not uncommon for employers to find that when they regularly use professional cleaning services that work efficiency rates improve, morale goes up, sickness and absenteeism drops.
If you’re in doubt as to whether office cleaning can make this much difference, it pays to remember that your staff are your number one advertising and marketing tool. If, for example, a client hears direct from a staff member what a great company they work for it could be more valuable for future business than all your client schmoozing budgets put together.
Feeling stressed? Look to your workspace
If you are surrounded by chaos, with piles of paper in one corner, an old mug of coffee in another and notes stuck all around your screen it can be hard to focus. Distraction by mess and dirt is a source of stress but, fortunately, one that can be quickly and easily solved.
A quick way to deal with this is to spend a few minutes at the end of each day looking at your desk and asking what needs to be there. Throw away anything that isn’t needed and put other things (like that cup) in the dishwasher.
Save and create more time by tidying
Feeling the pressure of a looming deadline? Well, guess what’s not going to help. Yes, being surrounded by chaos and piles of paper drains your work and energy flow and is detrimental to productivity.
As well as having an email inbox consider whether you need a paper inbox, put anything that needs to be dealt with in the inbox and try to work through it daily – think of those bits of paper like the proverbial hot potato.
Feel healthier and stop sickness spreading
Working in an office environment often means that when one person gets sick, it’s not long before everyone else does too. Air conditioning and heating are wonderful but they do spread germs around the workplace in record time, so it’s always a good idea to keep on top of cleaning any surfaces where germs settle.
Other germ hideouts include phones, door handles, keyboards, mousepad and mouse and anywhere that people regularly touch with their hands. Encourage your staff to clean these with wipes.
For added protection, some offices use air purifiers to eliminate microbes and reduce airborne germs that carry colds and flu viruses. These purifiers are also handy for removing allergens such as pollen, dust, mould spores and smoke.
Do not underestimate the effectiveness of small actions like these to help reduce sickness and absentee rates in your workplace.
So, are you ready to tidy and clean your office? If you need help with regular or one-off office cleaning, please get in touch. We’re happy to help and can tailor our visit to your specific needs.