For anyone running an office, you might not be aware of just how important office cleaning is. It’s about more than just emptying rubbish and vacuuming carpets. Maintaining a clean office can have a significant effect on various aspects of your business, from your reputation to your staff morale.
Businesses across Melbourne – from Dandenong to Ringwood to Port Melbourne –need to understand the importance of maintaining a clean and hygienic office space.
So, here are five clear and obvious reasons why office cleaning is so important.
- To meet OH&S standards
Making sure your business meets occupational health and safety standards is important, not just for the health and safety of your employees, but to cover your business from a legal standpoint. Regular professional office cleaning will address a number of factors that are covered in OH&S manuals, including air quality, food hygiene and slips, trips and falls.
- Make your staff more productive
Working in an unsanitary or messy office can affect productivity in a number of ways. It can increase the incidences of sick days (both legitimate sick days and illegitimate sick days). It can have a negative effect on mood and motivation. And, quite simply, it can make people want to spend less time in the office and feel less inclined to work when they are in the office.
A tidy and clean office makes for a more welcoming, comfortable and distraction-free workplace.
- To keep your staff healthy
As a shared space with a lot of foot traffic, offices can quickly build up unsanitary conditions in a variety of ways. From bacteria-heavy keyboards to dirty heating and cooling ducts to unsanitary carpets, there are plenty of health risks that come with a poorly cleaned office space.
Any number of factors around the office can start affecting your employees’ health. And this can lead to increases in sick days, which affects productivity, costs money and damages staff morale.
- Improve staff morale
The benefits of good morale at work are obvious. Happy staff are more productive, less likely to call in sick, and more likely to commit to the job long term.
The cleanliness and tidiness of your surroundings can have a large effect on your mood. This is true whether you’re at home or at work. While the level of cleanliness can affect different people to different degrees, a disorganised, untidy office will increase stress and anxiety and generally evoke dissatisfaction and discomfort among your staff.
In contrast, a clean, tidy office will help people feel more comfortable and happier in the workplace.
- Make a good impression
Whether it’s a client coming to your office or a potential business partner, a clean office helps to make a good impression and project a positive business image. You will find that you are far more likely to get the positive results that you want if you invest in regular cleaning. Everyone visiting the premises will feel far more comfortable that you run a forward thinking and hygienic place of business, which will only enhance their likelihood to work with you.
If you find it hard to land clients consistently, then keep this in mind. Office cleaning is not something you should think about – it’s something you absolutely must invest in.