Did you know that just one person that’s carrying some kind of virus in a workplace environment can infect around 50% of their fellow employees in just four hours? Did you know that sick days taken by staff costs UK businesses a hefty £28.8 billion every year? Did you know that 1 in 3 people do not wash their hands after visiting the bathroom? With this information in mind, it’s already pretty clear that we could all benefit from working in a cleaner and healthier environment. And it wouldn’t take much for us to do so. At Pristine Commercial Cleaning Services, we see on a daily basis the impact that a clean working environment can have on the employees in the workplace, so we’ve decided to share some facts and statistics with you that will hopefully encourage you – whether you’re an employer or employee – to do your best to maintain a clean and healthy working environment.
- Healthier employees means a more profitable business–Sick days cost businesses a lot of money. If you’re an employer, consider providing healthy snacks such as fresh fruit and readily available chilled water for your staff. This simple and low cost change will aid in the revitalisation of employees by bumping up their energy, increasing their vitamin intake and strengthening their immune system. By doing this, you’re not only increasing the productivity of your business by making it run more consistently –you’re also doing your employees a favour by improving their health and wellbeing. On top of this, you’re showing your employees you care about them by doing something thoughtful for them.
- A clean environment means equipment runs better and lasts longer–That’s right. If your office is clean and the amount of dust in the air is minimised, your equipment will last longer. If you read the manuals that come with new computers or large electronic pieces of equipment, you can bet you’ll find a paragraph advising that you keep the back and/or underneath of the items clean and dust-free. This will massively reduce the chance of your equipment overheating and becoming faulty. So, you’ll minimise the amount of equipment replacements you’ll have to make throughout the year.
- Staff work harder in a pleasant and tidy environment – This one is obvious, but often overlooked by busy, distracted employers. If you’re put to work in a bright, tidy and pleasant environment, you’re going to work much harder than if you were to be placed in a dark, dull and dusty workplace. Why should you work hard for your employer if they don’t care that you’re working in a smelly, unclean and unhygienic environment? Phil-reporter.com reported that ‘Jeffery Campbell PhD, chair of the facilities management program at Brigham Young University conducted a study on the relationship of cleanliness and learning in higher education. A total of 1,481 people were surveyed for the study. 88% of respondents reported that productivity, concentration, and learning is hampered in dingy places. Sensory distractions such as clutter and foul smells affect focus in many ways.’ So having clean surroundings clearly has a profound effect on employee’s attitudes towards their work. In fact, HLW International LLP studied 400 managers and employees regarding productivity and cleanliness. Their findings? Employee productivity levels were heavily influenced by office cleanliness. A clean office made them more productive by 5%.
So, if you’re an employer, keen to boost the morale of your staff and increase productivity in your workplace by maintaining a clean working environment, talk to PCCSL today about what we can do for you. Or, click here to find out more about our office cleaning services.