Nurturing productivity is central to every workplace today. This is the way that progress is made and it’s also a good barometer of how happy employees are and whether the company is giving its workforce what it needs to be engaged and content. Office cleanliness is essential to productivity. Not just in terms of interior spaces but windows and facades too. If you want to improve the day-to-day experience of your staff then ensuring a clean workplace is a good place to start.
Keeping staff healthy
There are plenty of horrifying statistics to justify why it’s so essential to ensure a workplace is clean – for example, a typical office keyboard can harbour up to 7,500 bacteria at any given moment. A dirty building can also impact on health – windows that are rarely cleaned will block sunlight and this can be very detrimental to employee health, from triggering depression to reducing the body’s ability to fight off colds and flu. Regular cleaning helps to create a safe environment in which staff can perform well.
A building that is not regularly cleaned is not an environment in which staff are likely to want to spend much time. This can mean that the business has to deal with a lot of absenteeism and that can have a hugely negative impact on productivity. In the UK, absenteeism costs businesses £29 billion a year, decreasing productivity by 54%. It’s impossible to get the best from your employees if the environment in which they are working is not clean. Investing in keeping your workplace clean, from carpets to windows and facades, is an investment in the growth of the business too.
Minimising unrecognised stress
People who are frequently working in an unclean environment inevitably have unrecognised stress that can significantly impact on productivity at work. Stress can manifest in many different ways, from poor time management to an inability to relate well to the rest of the team. Recent research – the Global Benefits Attitudes survey – established that disengagement in the workplace increases significantly when employees are stressed, which makes employees less productive. Creating a stress free environment is not that difficult for employers to do and how clean the building is, inside and out, has a big part to play in that.
If employees are walking into a dirty building every morning with grubby windows and untidy interiors this can have a serious impact on morale. It can affect how loyal staff feel to the business, how much effort they put into their work and how they speak about an employer to others. A clean building means that staff have something to be proud of when they arrive each day, morale is boosted as the building is taken care of – and so staff feel the same way – and your workforce can become positive ambassadors for your brand.
The power of a clean workplace shouldn’t be underestimated, especially when it comes to the way that this can impact on productivity.
Get in touch with Aquamark Cleaning today to discuss your commercial cleaning requirements.