It is easy to underestimate the power of image but it is an undeniable fact that if a business has a strong clean image backed by a crisp fresh work environment, it reflects not only on the business but in the performance of staff as well.
You know how it feels when you walk into a well lit store that has clean shiny surfaces and well ordered stock on the shelves as opposed to a stale dusty environment where it is difficult to find what you want.
Which store do you return to? You can bet your bottom dollar that the staff in a clean fresh office will be happier and more efficient than those who are forced to work in a dusty grimy environment.
It is not just the staff who feel better, but the customers too.
When people walk into your business their first judgement occurs when they assess what they see around them, we all do the same thing, so don't underestimate the impact of a clean fresh working environment.
Keeping the work environment clean is a cheap and cost-effective way to keep staff happy.
The workplace needs to be fun to maintain morale and this is much easier if everything is clean and sparkling.
A company that takes the care to provide an optimal working environment for their staff will benefit from heightened staff loyalty and better performance.
A recent study in the UK revealed that 67% of employees consider that the decor and condition of a workplace significantly contributes to morale and overall performance.
Of these respondents, a staggering 80% stated they would be happy to help clean up the environment themselves but thought it was the employer's responsibility in the first place.
Of job applicants, 76% stated they would be reluctant to work in a dirty or unclean environment.
This evidence demonstrates the opportunity that employers have to make a major impact on profits simply by keeping the office as clean and well ordered as possible.
Here are some things you can do to keep your staff happy and to improve efficiency.
- Make sure that you employ good commercial cleaning services to clean your office every day.
- Introduce a clean desk policy were all employees keep their working services as free from clutter as possible.
- Try some feng shui techniques like de cluttering all sections of the office including the kitchen and the refrigerator.
Also try to use natural cleaning products instead of harsh chemicals and use aromatic herbs like rosemary and mint to keep the air fresh.
Another good feng shui tip is to keep the entrance to your office sparkling clean especially the doors and reception area.
- Ensure that staff only consume food in the kitchen area and never at their desks, this will avoid keyboards from becoming contaminated with stale food particles that attract insects and bacteria.