Customers are under greater pressure to cut costs due to current economic conditions. Many businesses are reviewing their overheads and trying to find ways to save money. A reduced budget will eventually lead to lower quality service. It’s important to balance savings with business priorities.
Some companies have switched from daily cleaning to alternate days in order to save money immediately by reducing the frequency of their office cleaning. Some businesses take more drastic measures which I believe is wrong. If a company decides to clean the entire building one day per week and then relies on employees to do the rest, it will not only distract them from their daily jobs but also lead to poorer working conditions at the end of each week.
Planning is a better alternative to just reducing the cleaning of an office. A simple way to reduce costs is to look closely at your office cleaning operations to help you focus your resources and make the most of your budget. It is possible to adjust the office cleaning program to focus on key requirements by classifying areas as high or low-profile.
Areas such as the reception, entrance, washroom and meeting rooms are often seen as high-profile, while back office and administrative spaces can be seen as low-profile. There is a delicate balance to be struck, as cutting down on low-profile areas can negatively impact the work environment of office staff and reduce employee motivation.
Companies need to take a variety of actions to reduce costs and avoid any negative side effects. Intelligent office cleaning allows you to understand the requirements of your operation and reduce the time required by better scheduling.
Is it necessary to clean a meeting room if it is only used on specific days? It could be cleaned only once a week or every other day. It is possible to simplify office cleaning without sacrificing cleanliness. This ultimately reduces costs.
Daytime cleaning can bring many benefits to your business, including lower costs, better productivity and customer service. Also, by reducing the building’s hours of operation, such as from 5am-9pm to 7am-7pm, it can be locked down for longer periods. This will reduce operational costs like heating, air conditioning, and security.
There is also a shift in the perception of customers and staff when daytime cleaning is adopted. An increase in visibility for office cleaning staff increases awareness and highlights the importance of the process. When building occupants see office cleaning staff working hard to maintain the building, they tend to be more respectful. Visitors and staff often take greater care as a result.
Office cleaning staff should be available during business hours to ensure a consistent level in cleanliness throughout the day. A traditional service will typically clean a building at the beginning of each day, but then it will gradually become dirty until the office cleaning staff return in the evening or the morning.
Daytime cleaning allows for greater flexibility and can be adjusted to suit any situation. You can adapt your office cleaning schedule to meet customer needs, whether it is for identifying operational peak times or allocating jobs based on meeting room usage. It allows for immediate responses in the event of spillages or accidents, minimising clean-up time, and promotes a clean, healthy working environment.
Hygiene has been a major focus of people’s attention since the swine flu pandemic. Employees and companies are now looking for ways to reduce the spread of this deadly disease. It has shown that staff need to be protected from germ-ridden equipment and surfaces in the workplace. Any changes to the office cleaning schedule must take into account employee welfare and any implications for reduced hygiene.
UK companies are paying a high price for absenteeism. This is estimated to be 11 billion per year. The loss due to sickness is likely to have been higher in the past 12 months. Many of this is due to germs and bacteria being spread from the workplace.
In fact, desks and office equipment can be a breeding ground of bacteria and germs. A toilet seat can have 47 microbes per inch, while a phone with around 25,000 has 3,300 and a telephone with around 25,000 has approximately 25,000. It’s not surprising that while toilets are regularly cleaned, most people don’t think about their office desk or the equipment it contains. The result is that there could be as many as 10 million bacteria on a typical desk. This can include Ecoli, MRSA Winter Vomiting bugs, and, of course, Swine Flu.
To reduce the spread and spread of viruses, bugs and other diseases, it is important to regularly clean IT equipment and hard surfaces. Employees will be more comfortable with their personal and professional hygiene if they are educated about business and personal risks.