The Impact of Office Cleaning On Productivity
While it is common for businesses to focus on tangible metrics like sales and expenses, intangible aspects of the business such as employee morale, health, productivity and are often overlooked by companies today. As we will show in this article, a clean office can help create a healthy, happy and productive work environment that will have long-term benefits for your business.
A clean workspace safeguards your employee’s health
A messy office space usually becomes a breeding ground for micro-organisms like E Coli and Microbes to thrive. Research by the University of Arizona found that keyboards and computer mice contain 3 to 4 times more germs and bacteria than the average office toilet seat due to reasons like people eating lunch on their desks or poor personal hygiene practices like not washing hands.
The growth of these harmful microbes increases the risk of employees falling sick and catching contagious illnesses like cold or flu which directly affect your workers’ productivity.
A tidy office increases focus and productivity
According to Marie Kondo in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, visible mess “distracts us” and decluttering is often key to gaining clarity and focus. A 2011 Princeton Study seems to back-up her claim as they found that clutter and overstimulation often impacts one’s attention and efficiency, akin to opening multiple tabs while at work.
In other words, a clean office gives you fewer distractions and allows your employees to work more productively.
The look and feel of an office can affect company culture and retention
It is becoming clear that the physical workspace environment plays a big part in attracting and retaining both clients and employees. We see tech companies like Google, Facebook investing heavily in their office environment as a core part of their hiring and retention strategy. The evidence for having a dirty workspace environment is also apparent: a Thomson online benefits survey, 64% of employees believe their workspace negatively impacted their well-being as well.
It is, therefore, becoming clear that if you make the right workspace decisions that are better for your employees and office productivity, your employee retention numbers will remain consistently high, year after year.
Reducing long-term wear and tear and refurbishment cost
From our experience, we see offices that are well-maintained usually end up lowering costs in the long-run. Carpets and parquet flooring that are not well serviced, typically need replacements in less than five years costing somewhere around $2 per square foot in replacing them. It would be substantially cheaper if they engaged a reliable service provider for periodic quarterly carpet care.
Finding a professional office cleaning company, such as Nimbus, can help you handle these responsibilities so that you can focus on more important work for your business.