Why a clean work environment is important?
As Australians, we spend a lot of time at work. In fact, the average person spends more than 90,000 hours in their lifetime in the workplace, translating to about a third of your life. How clean is your workplace? Cleanliness at work is important for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that you are influenced and impacted by your environment every minute you are there.
The power of a clean workspace should not be underestimated. Even if your workspace is cluttered, this can have negative ramifications.
A clutter-free workspace is important but so is having a clean, germ-free space. This is the other side of cleanliness, the part of disorganisation that can impact you and your employees physical health as well.
Germs run rampant through the workplace if common areas are not sanitised, such as lunch rooms, door handles, sinks and microwaves. Lets look at some reasons why a clean workspace is good for your mental health and well-being.
It may be tempting to put off dusting, sanitising and other types of cleaning around the office, but when you take the time to do your part, this decreases the risk of suffering an injury or illness and may even boost performance levels. This is of particular concern for employers, who, by maintaining a clean workplace, can reduce their workers’ compensation claims and keep efficiency levels high.
Sanitising desks and common areas can keep germs at bay and reduce the number of sick days, while reducing clutter around the office can increase safety by clearing fire exits and ensuring no falls or trips occur.
A Proper cleaning will reduce the level of allergens that trigger asthma. It is important when choosing cleaning chemicals, to choose those that are safe and will not trigger an allergic reaction in individuals with sensitive respiratory systems.
Infections like influenza spread very quickly among groups who share space. Offering instant hand sanitizers and encouraging workers to wash their hands regularly reduces the spread of germs. Additionally, attention clean:
- Elevator buttons
- Office phones
- Water fountains
- Computer keyboards
- Vending machine buttons
- Computer mice
- Break room sink faucet handles
- Microwave door handles
- Refrigerator door handles
Not to mention mobile devices, doorknobs/handles, headsets, pens, printers, mugs… the list could go on and on. If it’s being touched by multiple people multiple times a day, you can bet it’s got germs on it. Of course, where bacteria flourish, infections are not far behind.
Sometimes, it’s best to leave cleaning tasks to the professionals, especially if you own a large office building or want to ensure your workplace is sparkling. Cleaning professionals are trained to clean and disinfect an office’s surfaces thoroughly and efficiently, including common germ-filled areas and hard-to-reach places.