The cleanliness of any business can carry more weight in relation to the bottom line than one would think. A dirt-free working environment, no matter if it is a small office building or a large healthcare facility, not only creates the first impression for employees and visitors alike, but it also promotes client retention and the general wellbeing of anyone who enters the building. Due to the additional costs of hiring a professional cleaning service, many small businesses try to cut corners when it comes to the cleaning duties, although the outcome of doing so can actually lead to costing the company even more money in the long run.
Floor cleaning and maintenance on a regular basis are essential for every business. Failure to clean floors or carpets can lead to numerous costly expenses, such as refinishing a floor or replacing every inch of carpet, which will cost a business thousands of dollars. The true savings of hiring a cleaning service comes from the reduced operating costs, the preservation of the company’s assets, and the overall levels of client and employee satisfaction.
A significant benefit of having a clean business is the reduction of contaminants that can prove harmful in an indoor environment. Clean facilities will not only give employees a noticeable level of comfort and hygiene, but also having a facility with uncontaminated surfaces can help to lower health risks and prevent staff illnesses, which will directly affect the company’s productivity.
The average employee takes approximately eight sick days a year, and illnesses such as the common cold play a large factor since they are so easily spread throughout an office space. Usually, other costs stemming from absentee employees are not accounted for, but every business will need to hire temporary members of staff or offer other employees overtime to make up for the responsibilities of the sick individuals who are now absent. Employers will also need to spend more time finding replacements and allocating work projects, which is time wasted that could be used to find new sales leads or focus on improving customer service.
To prevent the spread of bacteria, it is essential to make certain that all commonly used objects are wiped down and sanitized. This can reduce the probability of spreading infection by up to 80 percent. Some common surfaces in the workplace include:
- Sink Faucet Handles
- Microwave Door Handles
- Keyboards, Monitors and Mouse
- Refrigerator Door Handles
- Water Fountains
- Vending Machine Buttons
In addition, a sanitary restroom is essential for any workplace. A recent study has found that in a survey of 1,000 adults, if they encountered a dirty restroom, 94 percent said that they would not return to the business. More specifically, 79 percent would not return to a restaurant or hotel, and 77 percent would find a different healthcare facility altogether if they encountered an unclean bathroom.