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Posted by Seyi Onadeko, January 20, 2021
Your office is a busy environment: between meetings, plugging away at your computer and lunches in the breakroom, it’s no wonder the average office is pretty grimy. In fact, only one in four office workers think their workplace is cleaned to a good standard. That’s why it’s so important you choose the right contract cleaning company.
Especially now, in a period of economic downturn, pinching some pennies by reducing your office’s cleaning support services is an attractive idea to many people. However, while this might be a good idea in the short run economically speaking, it’s not necessarily the best move in the long run and can lead to many unexpected issues. Read on to discover some of the reasons not to cut down on your contract cleaning services.
It’s easy to underestimate how long it takes to give an office a thorough cleaning regularly. Sure, emptying a few bins and running a dishwasher cycle doesn’t take too much time, but what about vacuuming the whole office several times a week? Cleaning the toilets? Disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces?
A cleaning company that promises to do all this and more in a few short hours on a regular basis is most likely exactly what it sounds like: too good to be true. And having to constantly chase up your cleaning company for persistent problems can really eat into your time.
Additionally, when you consider the fact that an unhygienic, dusty office can lead to an uptick in sick days within your team, you lose even more time if you cut down on your cleaning services or work with a cleaning company that promises too much.
Another unmistakable perk of depending on your professional cleaners for all your office cleaning needs is that you get to benefit from their experience. Office cleaning companies should always provide their staff with thorough training, covering topics like proper disinfection, the newest products and technologies and the appropriate regulations.
Your cleaning staff’s managers can make an appropriate action plan for cleaning your business premises, tailored to your needs. Trying to cut corners here, perhaps choosing to carry out some of the tasks yourself or just leaving them out, means losing out on the industry expertise your cleaning company has.
Professional cleaning companies have access to powerful cleaning supplies, from top-of-the-line vacuums to green, yet potent detergents. As cleaning is the bread and butter of these businesses, it’s no wonder that the commercial cleaning industry has made some serious strides to make their practices more eco-friendly in recent years.
This means you get to benefit from cleaning supplies that are safer not only for the planet but also you and your staff. Your cleaners should also come equipped with a wide range of powerful, specialised equipment that can get the job done quicker and more efficiently.
Working in an unclean environment is, understandably so, pretty demoralising. Dirt and clutter all around you sends a message that your employer doesn’t really care about you enough to make your workplace an inviting, practical and safe place.
If you cut corners with your cleaning service, this can quickly lead to tensions in your office if it’s dirty or if your staff members are expected to start taking time out of their busy day to carry out tasks that your professional cleaners used to handle.
Not only is it frustrating and demotivating when your working environment is unclean, but it’s also something that can really eat into productivity and employee health. Frequently-touched items like door handles, light switches and shared equipment like printers and coffee makers can quickly become avid spreaders of seasonal bugs, while dust bunnies in the corner can trigger bad reactions in staff with asthma or dust allergies.
Additionally, 90% of surveyed London office workers said they feel more productive in a clean environment. This makes it clear that your office’s cleanliness can do wonders not only to your team’s morale but also help them perform their jobs to the highest possible degree.
An unclean work environment can have a major bad impact on your staff, but that’s not where its effects end. Just imagine what a bad first impression a messy office can leave your clients visiting your premises! It looks unprofessional and like you don’t care enough about your clients to clean up messes before they arrive.
At Glenn, we can put together a custom-made plan for you to keep your office clean and comfortable at all times. Apart from regular cleaning tasks, we can take on things like window cleaning, grounds maintenance and pest control to make things as simple as possible for you. If you’d like to learn more, get in touch with us today.
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