Maintaining a neat and clean office is crucial to the success of any business, as only then can employees concentrate on work instead of getting sick due to dust allergies. An office reflects the attitude and work ethics of its workers and managers. A dirty and unkempt office will reflect lazy and irresponsible staff and manager making business associates wary of entrusting work.
From childhood, we are taught that “cleanliness is next to godliness” which holds true even in adulthood since a dirty office will never attract clients or good employees. The clean office environment will have happy and healthy employees keen to share their knowledge with colleagues and take the organization to the next level.
Get professional cleaners who have the right skills and equipment to do a thorough job of cleaning the office and electronic gadgets during a weekend. Schedule a cleaning session every month to avoid infestation of ants, cockroaches, rats or other insects which tend to gather near areas which have remains of food.
After ensuring that your office is clean your next task as a manager would be to instil cleanliness among employees so that they keep their work area clean and clutter-free. Sometimes making direct comments about personal habits of employees may hurt their sentiments or make them the butt of office jokes, so subtle references have to be made about maintaining hygiene in the office.
Advantages of having a clean office
Minimalistic clean reception area – The reception area of every firm is the first impression that clients will have about its work culture. Having a clean and clutter-free office with comfortable waiting chairs and an attentive receptionist will give clients the impression that they are dealing with an organized firm which has responsible employees.
Work area – Enforcing regulation about clutter will make staff more productive as they can concentrate on completing the work on hand instead of searching for missing papers or documents on a messy table. Have a bin between two work desks so employees can throw broken pens, pencils and paper into them. Have a professional cleaner empty these bins once or twice a week after office hours.
Maintaining a clean office will not be an expensive exercise as it will also bring out some good habits among your employees and make them more productive. If you are not convinced about the positive vibes of a clean work environment pick up the phone and get a team of professional cleaners to give the office a thorough cleaning. The next day, notice the look of appreciation and admiration in your employees’ eyes and see the enthusiasm with which they sit down to work.