Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by the team at Office Cleaning Sydney. Their opinions are their own.
As an entrepreneur or a business owner, the cleanliness of your workspace is probably not the first thing that comes to mind each day. Having a clean and healthy workspace is a major cornerstone when it comes to running a successful business. However, most business owners take notice of such things only when they get completely out of hand.
This is why you need to make sure your offices are regularly cleaned and maintained in order to ensure that your employees are happy, healthy and productive while also leaving a good first impression on business partners and potential customers.
However, leaving a good impression relates to your role as an employer as well. In order to retain both clients and employees, you need to put in your best efforts in order to satisfy both sides. This is especially true when you are welcoming a potential new employee. What they see at the start will form their opinion on their own part in the company that they may potentially work for.
1. First impressions count
A clean and tidy work environment looks appealing and more importantly welcoming to any potential clients. It instills confidence and creates trust from the very beginning and leaves the clients with the impression of efficiency and strong attention to detail. Dirty floors or smudgy conference room tables, on the other hand, tell your potential clients that you lack the necessary professionalism to take care of your employees, let alone a new client. The same can be said for a chaotic reception area.
2. Elevate your brand
When it comes to the mind of the average consumer, a tidy work environment implies superior, quality products and services. And it doesn’t matter what type of work you’re doing, whether it’s serving food, doing taxes or selling furniture. A potential customer will most certainly be judging your entire brand based on how your office space looks and feels, and that includes any products and services you might be offering. Don’t let a messy work environment result in a potential customer walking away before you even have the chance to speak with them.
3. Happier employees
Most employees consider their workplaces as a second home and as such, you need to focus your efforts on keeping it clean and tidy. By keeping the work environment well-maintained, you’re allowing your employees to be productive, efficient, and more importantly, happy.
Considering that the average person spends around 8 hours a day in the workplace, you want to make sure that your workers are comfortable while doing their jobs.
Your employees are a direct representation of your brand and business. These days, most companies are using their employees as a marketing channel. They talk about their work with their friends and families and promote products and services they’re working on using various social media platforms. If your employee is unhappy or dissatisfied with their work environment, they are less likely to participate in any type of business-related promotion. Not to mention that their productivity drops significantly when they’re working in a messy and unclean workplace.
4. Keeping your workplace clean and tidy
First of all, never task your employees with cleaning duty. Invest in a dedicated cleaning crew or consider hiring a professional cleaning service, which literally works on cleaning every part of your workspace, whether it’s cleaning floors and carpets, walls, windows, bathrooms, hallways and even the outside of the building. This can either be a one-time deal, of if you’re completely satisfied with their services, you can hire them to clean your offices a couple of times a month.
Experts recommend that you work on educating your workers on the importance of maintaining a clean and hygienic office space. An unclean work environment is an excellent breeding ground for various germs and allergens, which only emphasizes the need to keep it clean at all times.
5. Air quality
Air quality is another factor which greatly influences the workspace performance, as well as the health of your employees.
The number of airborne pollutants is 100 times greater than it is outdoors, which makes investing in a proper filtration system all the more urgent and necessary. A great way to improve the air quality in your company is to invest in plants which filter out excess carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air and provide your workers with additional levels clean air and oxygen.
A properly organized cleaning schedule is extremely important. It outlines all the specific work that needs to be done, as well as any responsibilities the company and its employees might have during the cleaning process. Any specific tasks need to be clearly specified and all concerns vocalized. The complaints need to be handled immediately and proficiently by your janitorial staff or the cleaning company. If this is not the case, then it might be best to invest into a different cleaning company.
A clean and sanitized workspace signifies a level of professionalism and tells potential customers that you care about your brand and your employees. A happy employee is a productive employee, and as such, leaves a far better impression than a worker who has to deal with a messy workplace and unhealthy work environment. This is particularly important, as more and more brands are using their workers as a way to promote their products and services. By keeping the work environment clean, you’re ensuring that your employees are healthy and productive and ready to serve the needs of any client that walks through your doors.