Office cleaning ‘has multiple benefits for businesses’

January 15th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Company bosses might not always treat office cleaning as one of their top priorities, particularly when times are tough.

But with the economy continuing to struggle, firms need to look at every aspect of their operations in order to ensure they are making the best use of their resources.

Managers and senior executives are probably more likely to look at issues such as staff numbers first and perhaps consider laying off some people, or at least suspending recruitment, if they are struggling in this recessionary climate.

However, going for drastic measures first can lead to other, much simpler options being overlooked.

For instance, worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA has stressed the point that making the effort to keep a premises clean can have many financial advantages for a firm.

Indeed, a new report from the body has stated that cleaning can boost the wellbeing of members of staff, thereby cutting absenteeism rates and improving their productivity.

ISSA also pointed out that it can enhance the image of a company, which in turn can lead to greater customer satisfaction.

All of these can result in tangible cost savings, so it could easily be argued that bringing in contract cleaners day-to-day or throughout the year can effectively pay for itself.

After all, what else can help businesses avoid the cost and disruption of covering staff absences, enable workers to be more productive and make them look good to customers for such a small outlay?

Dianna Steinbach, director of industry outreach at ISSA, commented: "Connecting cleaning to a business's ultimate bottom line is a new approach many facilities managers haven't considered, because they frequently view this area of their operations as a cost instead of the profit centre it can be."

Businesses were warned that cutting back on office cleaning is ultimately foolish and proves to be more costly to them in the long run. However, Ms Steinbach said lots of organisations are yet to realise this is the case.