Many aspects contribute to success at work. These issues include proper training and education of workers plus having the right tools to do the job. But don’t forget some commonly overlooked issues that are just as important to success. For example, cleanliness in the workplace is essential to skyrocketing productivity and successful outcomes. Here are five reasons why.
1. Fewer Illnesses
When your work environment is clean, there is less chance of germs and illnesses being spread. If workers are not exposed to as many germs, they are less likely to get sick and can get more work done. They don’t have to take as much time off for sick days. When everyone is healthy, it costs the business less money in terms of lost productivity. Thoroughly clean your work environment, especially during the winter months, when more cold and flu germs are likely to spread.
2. Positive Image
When clients, customers, and other people from the public come into an office and it’s clean, they get a positive impression of the office and staff. When it’s not clean, the opposite happens. Even if an office doesn’t tend to have many visitors and clients coming by, it’s still essential to keep everything clean and tidy for the sake of everyone who works there.
3. Heightened Productivity
Workers are much more likely to be productive when their working environment is clean, versus when it’s disorganized and dirty. People can typically think more clearly, better assess what works needs to be done, and have a more positive attitude when working in a clean area. These all contribute to success.
4. Bright Lighting
People typically think of floors, desks, and so forth when considering cleaning needs in the office. But don’t forget the little-known aspects that are just as important. For example, lighting fixtures and lamps need to be cleaned. Proper and frequent cleaning improves lighting quality and efficiency in working areas, and having enough light shining allows workers to be more productive and successful. When cleaning lighting, don’t forget lights that are in stairways, hallways, and other commonly overlooked spots.
5. Decreased Exposure to Toxins
Pay attention to indoor air quality when considering office cleaning needs. High-quality air filters in the HVAC system and using vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters can cut down on workers’ exposure to toxins such as mold and mildew, smoke, pollen, chemicals, and other pollutants.
You can either clean an office yourself or hire a reputable cleaning company to do the job. Make sure floors, desks, bathrooms, kitchen areas, entrances, and everywhere else is cleaned often enough to maintain proper hygiene. Remember the details, such as cleaning computer keyboards and telephones, which tend to be overlooked yet can harbor grime and germs. As you emphasize cleanliness, watch your productivity and success soar.