Clean The Office, Increase Productivity

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Your mom may have told you cleanliness was next to godliness, but did she ever tell you it was linked to productiveness? With more and more employees spending upwards of 40 hours in the office each week, employers are constantly searching for new ways to increase productivity. Many services tout the benefits of cutting-edge technology or comfortable, contemporary furniture in increasing worker output, but a growing body of studies seems to indicate that the cleanliness of the office environment is a significant factor in employee productivity. If you're in search of ways to enhance your office's production, hiring a commercial cleaning service may be one of your smartest (and most cost-effective) options.

Clean = Efficient

A recent study by the Center for Facilities Research concluded that a messy or dirty workspace directly decreases productivity. Nearly 90 percent of study subjects reported decreased concentration, productivity, and learning when the following were present:

  • Visible dirt 
  • Dull or dirty baseboards
  • Burned-out lights
  • Full, smelly trash bins

A clean workplace seems to exude professionalism and energy, which can inspire workers to work not only harder, but also smarter. With a clean area, workers aren't distracted by old chip bags and desk clutter, but are instead left to focus on the task at hand.

Clean = Healthy

One other, less apparent benefit to hiring a commercial cleaning service like Roadrunner Cleaning & Janitorial Services to tidy up the office regularly is a decrease in employee sick days. From the office kitchen to the bathroom door, there are literally thousands of spots your employees touch (and possibly transfer germs between) each day. By removing dust and bacteria from work surfaces, you decrease your employees' chances of getting sick. Less sick employees means more productive days at work.

One study by the Minnesota Department of Health reported the following problems with accumulated dust at work:

  • Dry, itchy eyes and throat
  • Slight headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Chest tightness

‚ÄčThe study measured a 3 to 8 percent loss in performance among employees and also noted a decrease in typing skills, creative thinking, and logical reasoning.

Clean = Happy

Most employees' idea of a good day at the office doesn't include dusting, vacuuming, and polishing furniture. Investing in professional cleaners will indicate to your workers that you value them for their professional skills. Your employees will be more likely to want to come to work if their spaces are clean and inviting and if they are able to spend their time working on projects that utilize their specific skill set.