As a business owner or employer, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about what you can do in order to get the best out of your employees. You may be racking your brain trying to figure out exactly you can change in your management style, or what you can do to find the best types of employees who will stay motivated.
The personal element does matter, yes, but there are other things you want to consider as well, like environment. This doesn’t mean investing in something like a pool table or some type of feng shui, but the basic. One of the best things you can do is work on keeping your workplace clean and organized as best as possible, even if it means enlisting a professional cleaning service. The payoff here comes in many forms.
While this first concern may not apply in an office environment, it’s important that we take the time to talk about cleaning a workplace and hazards. OSHA defines an occupational hazard as anything in the workplace that may cause harm. To clarify, chances are that not keeping a clean office won’t probably cause a hazard in some situations. What it may do, though, is obscure a potential hazard so you aren’t aware of it until it is too late. For example, let’s say you’re stacking a set of boxes as storage in an unused office. If you don’t properly clean the area and an employee goes in there, that stack may fall, causing a potential injury. Slipping hazards from liquids are also something to consider.
This is an extreme example though. When it comes to office cleanliness, the biggest cost when it comes to not paying enough attention is probably going to be illness, especially in scenarios like flu season. Don’t believe that sick days can impact your business? Statistics show that sick days cost businesses more than $225 billion dollars each year and result in 54% loss in productivity. That’s a pretty heavy cost no business owner wants to shoulder. What can you do? Make sure that daily disinfecting, vacuuming, and sanitizing are priorities for your cleaning team.
Your employees don’t have to take a day off to feel the effects of an unclean environment. Cleaning products reduce the number of allergens in the air. An employee with an allergic reaction probably won’t feel the need to go home, but symptoms like itchy eyes, runny nose, and congestion will likely leave them miserable, and only working at a fraction of their full potential.
This is a major part of keeping a clean workplace, but there are also more low-key benefits that can pay off in a lot of ways. For example, for many businesses, a major part of bringing in new clients is meeting with them in person. After all, wouldn’t you rather deal with someone face-to-face? If this includes bringing them to your workplace, then your workplace suddenly becomes an extension of your brand. If someone sees a dirty workplace, the questions start flying through their head? Does this person not care about their business? Are they not doing well enough to afford proper cleaning? If they can’t keep a clean space, how will they treat our potential partnership? All of these are the last things you want a potential client or partner to have on their mind.
It’s also important to keep your employees in mind as well. Many of the same issues a client sees apply to them. A well-maintained workplace helps keep your employees at their most productive and happy as well. After all, they spend an average of eight hours a day there. Don’t they deserve to have a clean space? In addition, if they feel the need to work to clean their space, that’s time going away from their work. If they feel unhappy or distracted from their work due to a bad environment, that may spill into their interaction with clients and customers.
Cleanliness may not be the first thing on your mind as an employer, but time lost due to illness is money out of your pockets. All the more reason to make sure you invest in cleaning your workplace the same way that you may buy new desks or pay for a seminar in order to get the most out of your employees.
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