Whether your company is a large or small to medium size firm, your primary goal should be to enhance the performance of your people. They are the engine that keeps the company growing, adapting, and improving. Office cleanliness is a start; though business owners do not think it necessary but keeping a clean and tidy office space will ensure that employees are more productive, customers are happy, and your brand is reputable.
Here’s how a clean work environment can give you a competitive advantage.
CUT DOWN ON SICK DAYS AND ABSENTEEISM
You know that feeling when you wake up at 5:00 AM to catch a matatu to town then switch again to reach your final destination? The office: the place we spend a majority of our days in, often times not passionate about what we’re doing, working long hours to make a living, and leaving in the evening, exhausted. It doesn’t have to be this way, there’s a simple solution that can motivate and elevate your employees’ mindset about work. It’s cleanliness: the state of maintaining a clean and tidy work environment.
1) IMPROVED EMPLOYEE MORALE
Ask yourself, after commuting to work and spending an hour in traffic, would you rather walk into a messy and dirty office and know you’ll spend the next eight hours there, or walk into a clean office and have the time fly-by? A clean office ensures you start the day on a positive note, giving you a clear head and readying you for the day’s activities. A clean environment gets your employees in the mood to work to the best of their ability and also give them a sense of pride. As the manager or director of a company your efforts to clean the work environment demonstrates to your employees that you care about their health and well-being. This simple and small act of kindness improves employee motivation.
2) MAINTAIN EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
It is known that a clean environment improves indoor air quality and reduces the spread of germs and bacteria. A recent study done by Harvard and Syracuse Universities shows that if you improve the air quality at work, you improve productivity. A clean work space lowers your employee’s exposure to hazardous substances, gives employees a comfortable and organized environment, improves their sense of well-being and reduces anxiety. If you think about it, your employees are a marketing channel for your brand and business. They talk about their work with friends and families and you want this to be a positive business-related promotion. Employees that are happy and comfortable in the workplace are likely to speak positively about your business and create a positive impression in the minds of others. Take it a step further and include indoor plants to improve your staff’s satisfaction and productivity.
3) INCREASE PERFORMANCE
Keeping work areas organized promotes a sense of safety and security while preventing accidents and injuries and reducing worker sick days. Don’t ever task your employees with cleaning duty; it is not what they signed up for and it cuts down on hours that could have otherwise benefited the business. Invest in a professional cleaning service that specializes in such things. Some cleaning companies will even schedule a clean so that they are done before your office opens.
ELEVATE YOUR BRAND
Business owners often overlook or underestimate the importance of cleanliness. Keeping a clean and tidy office does more for your brand and business in a subconscious way. Keeping a clean and sanitized workspace signifies a level of professionalism and conveys to your potential customers that you care about your brand, your employees, and your visitors.
4) CREATE A LASTING FIRST IMPRESSION
You know that saying “don’t judge a book by its cover?”, doesn’t work so well in the business world. First impressions are of utmost importance in the growth and success of any business. A clean, tidy, and hygienic office is immediately evident and can easily influence a client’s decision about working with you. When met with an immaculately neat space, prospective and existing clients will develop trust and a sense of security. Furthermore, it implies superior, quality products and services leaving a reliable and positive impression of your brand.
5) YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Set your business apart from the rest of the competition by having an office that is comfortable and clean to visit. Excelling in your field requires more than your skills and stellar products or services, current and potential customers may leave you behind if your office smells stale, looks disorganized, and evokes unprofessionalism.
When you hire a professional cleaning crew, you’re signing up for consistent high quality service that matches your brand. Holistic Hygiene can help you put together a regular and affordable cleaning and maintenance schedule. We care about our customers, wanting nothing less than to help foster a clean and comfortable work place for you, your employees, and customers.
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