Are you considering hiring building cleaning services? If so, then you’re on the right track: cleaning services offer a host of advantages, some of which might not be immediately obvious.
Check out these five benefits of hiring professionals to clean your premises and see how much of a difference it could make in your place of work.
You Lower The Risk Of Injury For Your Employees
Cleaning is not a risk-free activity. It involves using heavy equipment, slippery floors and potentially harmful chemicals. Doing all your cleaning in-house is probably not a good idea from an employee liability perspective. The last thing you want is to lose an employee to injury and then face compensation claims at a tribunal. You’d prefer it if somebody else bore that risk.
Professional cleaning companies have insurance which covers the risk to workers and provide regular training to ensure that everyone on their payroll remains safe and injury-free while on the job. Your business, therefore, can transfer the risk of cleaning to a third-party and avoid all of the costs involved in performing cleaning tasks in-house.
You Create Better Relationships With Your Employees
When you advertised for roles at your firm, your job descriptions probably didn’t include cleaning urinals or emptying bins. You hired your workers for their professional skills, such as their ability to create a balance sheet or write software code. At no point did your workers think that they’d be performing cleaning tasks around the office.
While it might seem like a good idea to employ existing workers to perform cleaning tasks, it’s not. First, it’s a misuse of your worker’s time. Your people trained to become good at particular jobs and, unless you run a cleaning firm, that isn’t cleaning. It’s much better to pay your workers a salary to do what they’re good at – not building cleaning tasks.
Second, workers pick a role believing that they will be working one something creative, but you have them unclogging toilets, it’s likely to affect their morale. You want your workers to be happy so that they can be as productive as possible. You don’t want to drag them down by forcing them to do things that they’re neither paid nor trained to do.
You Make Your Office A Healthier Environment
The statistics on workplace cleanliness are shocking. The average office desk, for instance, contains more than 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. The reason for this has to do with the fact that office worker’s hands come into contact with all kinds of surfaces and bacteria as they interact with the world throughout the day. A significant chunk of workers (around 37 per cent), eat food at their desks, leading to crumbs and all sorts of other detritus for bacteria to eat.
Not all these bacteria are harmless: some can lead to sickness and absenteeism. Professional cleaning of your building reduces the average office worker’s exposure to bacteria, lowering their chances of an infection.
You Lower Your Administrative Costs
Organizing cleaning in-house can be a challenge. Not only do you have to divert workers from their primary tasks, but you also have to come up with some kind of rota. Your HR department will be working overtime, just to sort it out.
Professional building cleaning services, however, take over that administrative burden for you. They organize a cleaning service around your schedule and needs, cutting your admin costs substantially. Your team can focus on high-value tasks, such as recruiting new talented people, rather than worrying about who is cleaning the toilets on Thursday.
You Make Your People More Productive
Ensuring that your workers remain focused on their jobs is one way to make your people more productive. But when it comes to cleaning, that’s not the whole story. Building cleaning services makes your employees more productive through a variety of indirect channels, some of which we’ve touched on already.
Besides better morale and less risk of sickness, how does cleaning help make your people more productive? Evidence suggests that a clutter-free and clean environment may improve the quality of work that people do, and even increase their effort on the job. Researchers from Harvard and other academic institutions have found evidence that people put more effort into solving problems when their environment is tidy. Office workers themselves also report that they feel more productive when their desks are free from clutter. Cleanliness, therefore, may also improve feelings of personal efficacy and slash the risk of burnout.
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