Improving the Bottom Line with Workplace Cleanliness

David Frank, President of the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences, assures us, "cleaning is good for business.”

While many would assume this statement is common knowledge, surprisingly enough, many companies still feel as though hiring a professional cleaning service is an unnecessary added expense. If you’re not going to hire a cleaning service, I can’t urge you enough to hire an in house cleaning crew/janitor.

In doing so, keep the following points in mind:

First and foremost, buildings that are cleaned regularly and properly protect their inhabitants from exposure to dust and germs which result in colds, the flu and various other illnesses.

These maladies result in either the afflicted employee taking a sick day; or worse the affected employee infecting your entire workforce with a virus causing more absenteeism.

U.S. companies are spending billions of dollars annually due to unplanned employee absences and an anomaly known as "presenteeism.” This occurs when workers are present for work but are unable to perform at an optimum level due to illness.

Studies show that a clean environment also increases morale and productivity.

Dr. Michael Berry, a retired scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and research professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, claims that hygienic workplaces decrease absenteeism and overall employee turnover.

Research shows that a desk, on average, has 400 times more bacteria than a typical toilet seat. Providing employees with a clean workspace instills pride in their office and a positive morale. Organized facilities also increase productivity by ensuring that employees can complete tasks in a timely fashion and without an excess of clutter getting in their way.

Everyone knows that first impressions count.

Visitors or potential clients formulate their first impressions within 30 seconds of entering any location. Business owners should think of their building’s appearance as a valuable marketing tool.

Often, a building’s appearance can be the one thing that separates it from its competitors. A tidy, sparkling presentation brings added value to any business. Competition is fierce and the chance for repeat business will be diminished if a client feels that your building is unsanitary.

A regular cleaning program protects a company’s assets such as equipment, floors, and carpets. Proper cleaning prevents excessive wear and prolongs lifespans. Replacing these assets can be more costly than simply having them cleaned on a regular basis.

Maintaining a healthy and clean workplace should be seen as an investment, rather than a cost. There is obviously a direct correlation between proper cleaning and employee attendance, as well as performance. At the end of the day, a healthy work environment promotes a welcoming, less stressful atmosphere. It reduces absenteeism, liability and increases employee and customer satisfaction.