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Cleanliness is next to godliness

Posted on: Monday, September 30th, 2013

We all know that old adage, 'cleanliness is next to godliness', but just how true is it? Despite conjuring up outdated images of housewives and the daily chores of keeping the house in order, it seems that for Brits, being clean and tidy really is one of the most important aspects of life.

According to a study carried out by Beko, 36 per cent of Brits count having a clean and tidy home as the most important aspect of their life. This was surprisingly more important for Brits than issues such as booking a holiday, which only 34 per cent counted as being vitally important.

In addition to this, only 11 per cent said having a good night out was their greatest pleasure, showing that we Brits really do count cleanliness as being very important, and this is something that can transfer to the office and other workplaces.

Although most of us see cleanliness as important when we are at home, for many this does not translate to the office. We spend most of our time at work now, and even though we eat, work and maybe even occasionally sleep at our desks, most of us would admit that we have a pretty cluttered workspace.

Managers can do something about this though. Why not offer incentives to staff in the shape of prizes, for example, to keep their desk tidy? You can use this to encourage recycling, for example. Ask staff to use a dedicated point for this to help keep the paper on their desk to a minimum.

And there are of course things staff can do to make sure their desk is kept fresh and tidy at all times. Why not treat it like home? Bring things that remind you of the house into the office, perhaps a pot plant or pictures of your family. This will encourage you to make it feel like home, and you will be far more likely to keep your desk tidy.