There’s a lot that goes into keeping a typical office functioning smoothly each week, and it’s easy to see office cleaning as a side task that happens outside the scope of other functions. But in its own way keeping things professionally cleaned works into many other aspects of the business.
Presentation is probably the most obvious, but it shouldn’t be discounted. If you sell products your staff probably spends a lot of time facing shelves and making sure everything looks right for customers as they browse, and you don’t want dirty buildup on tiles or in corners to sully an otherwise great look.
If you’re more of a service-based office you may not spend time arranging products, but the cleanliness of the space still conveys a message to everyone that comes in. In professional services like staffing, accounting, and legal services that attention to detail says a lot about what you offer.
It may not be true that an accountant with dirty floors isn’t a thorough accountant, for example, but the floors will be a hurdle to overcome with clients. It’s an area of doubt that can be totally avoided, which maximizes marketing spending because visitors you paid to attract aren’t being discouraged.
But did you know that office cleaning affects productivity as well?
Everything from training the staff to office culture shapes efficiency. When people work well together it makes a big difference in what the team can accomplish. Keeping that team at their best is affected by a lot of things, and one of them is indeed the office cleaning.
Germs tend to build up in places we touch frequently, which can be common items found all around the office.
Centers for Disease Control estimate that up to 80% of all illnesses and infections are spread through personal contact and touching common surfaces (OHS Online). Door knobs, table tops, counters, and even paper towel dispensers are all things people touch most often, and are breeding grounds for bacteria.
Here are a few of the big ones:
- Bathrooms – With E. coli, fecal toxins, and germs in general covering virtually every surface (including door handles), it may be wise to use paper towels to close toilet lids and open doors when leaving.
- Keyboards – Did you know that some keyboards can have 200 times the bacteria as a toilet seat? Yikes. Many folks are in front of keyboards all day typing, leaving their hands rife with spreadable bacteria.
- Telephones – Office phones have been known to carry over 20,000 germs per square inch. While not necessarily as heavy as other places, phones do get lifted to our heads and are often used by multiple people, which makes then another prime place to transmit germs.
The CDC also estimates that the average person touches their face 18 times per hour. A lot of that we probably aren’t even aware of. Germs infect the body most easily through bodily openings, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. The trouble with touching our faces after touching the aforementioned surfaces is it’s a direct transmission of germy areas to the body.
So why bring up some of these unflattering facts about typical office workplaces? And how does all that relate to productivity?
Solid cleaning habits, including those used in office cleaning services, employ powerful yet eco-friendly cleaning agents. OHS Online references studies that showed good surface disinfecting habits can cut absenteeism up to 50%.
That means less days of teams being understaffed because folks are out, and less people becoming sick in the first place and getting others sick.
Obviously staff missing work impedes work flow, but putting a dollar figure on exactly how much can be tough. A nationwide average, however, gives a pretty clear big picture view of how much sick days affect the American workforce in general.
Forbes conducted various studies into this very topic, and estimates that sick days cost American businesses $576 billion annually (as of 2012). Indirectly, the article states, it can also affect the cost of living for everyone as businesses across the country have reduced margins to fulfill projects.
In a separate study that broke numbers down to a per-employee basis, Forbes estimated that unscheduled absenteeism costs companies an average of $2650 yearly per salaried employee. The numbers were derived from the following:
- Wages paid to staff that was not working those days
- Wages paid to fill-in workers and temporary staff
- Administrative costs of managing the absenteeism
- Management and morale considerations
Undoubtedly, in the case of morale, the workload becomes tougher when coworkers are out. Deadlines don’t change, and that extra weight has to be carried by fewer folks.
So Where Do Office Cleaning Services Come Into This?
Office cleaning may sound like it just means vacuuming carpets and waxing floors, but it usually involves quite a bit more.
All of those surfaces, from desks and counters to door knobs and bathrooms, are disinfected. Phones, keyboards, and other hot spots for germs are all cleaned regularly to dramatically cut down on the transmission of illness throughout the year. Flu season tends to come during the colder months, but colds of all sorts prevail throughout the year.
Detail is a big consideration for us at CST. Our staff are well-trained to be thorough yet efficient, acting as a business’ silent partner in keeping things going smoothly.
A well cleaned and maintained office has a consistently fuller staff, and improves morale due to lower stress and nicer looking workstations. Even little things like the latter point can make a difference over time in how comfortable people feel each day.
What we truly offer at the end of the day is peace of mind for businesses in Greensboro and surrounding areas. Businesses that have their office cleaning handled can focus.
Our programs are flexible and can suit your office’s cleaning needs. Now that you’ve seen the benefits of a thorough clean, we’d be happy to tell you more about how we can help keep your business sharp and efficient!
Contact us today to start the conversation!