Why a clean office is important
On average, Australians employed full time will work 38-42 hours a week. In other words, it’s basically your ‘home’ away from home. Your environment plays a significant role in your physical and mental wellbeing. Working in a clean and hygienic environment provides a positive space for your employees while an office full of (invisible) bacteria can have damaging effects.
Microorganisms such as viruses can breed on hard surfaces such as desks or chairs while dust allergens can cause respiratory issues or germs to spread. On the other hand, if the office is well-kept, employees can have a clear frame of mind to do their best work.
It has also been found that a tidy workspace is good for business. If you’re a potential customer, the physical space would definitely affect your judgement of what type of company it is. An office that is well maintained communicates professionalism and efficiency, whereas clutter and dirt could give an impression that your business is dysfunctional. This is true regardless of what industry you’re in.
Finally, it’s important to make sure you don’t give your employees the task of cleaning. While encouraging hygienic habits and behaviour is helpful, taking the initiative to hire professional cleaners shows that you care and are invested in the long-term wellbeing of everyone in the office. Doing this regularly will not only create the optimal environment for your employees but give a good first impression for business partners and customers.