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How to Get Your Employees Involved in Office Cleaning

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Ask any manager and he will tell you how challenging it is to enforce cleanliness and orderliness inside the office. Perhaps one reason is that employees expect the cleaning custodians to the “menial” work for them. But when it comes to office cleaning in Melbourne, there are many ways in which the Human Resource department can encourage employees to be proactive. One can agree that productivity at work is more feasible and successful when everything is in order and systematic.

Tips to Encourage Your Office Staff to Keep it Clean

Here are five tips you can follow namely, enforce general-cleaning days, encourage safety through cleanliness, enhance cleaning supplies visibility, engage cleaning monitors, and express approval and disapproval.

Establish General-cleaning Days

Just like what we do at home, we often schedule special days wherein we get to do some general cleaning on a regular basis. This is very important in establishing an efficient system wherein everyone is expected to participate in. You can do this by dedicating a day or two each year to do some deep cleaning at the office, and that means every nook and cranny, including the common areas, storage cabinets, pantry, etc.

Enforce Safety through Cleanliness

There is an adage which goes, “cleanliness is next to godliness.” I say that cleanliness precedes safety. If you live in a place where natural calamities are common, you will make it a top priority to maintain cleanliness and tidiness at home and at the office, knowing that disorderly cable wires and other office clutters can result in serious and even fatal injuries.

Enhance Cleaning Supplies’ Visibility

When cleaning supplies are visible and easily accessible for employees to use, this will help increase the chances and frequency for them to tidy up and maintain a sweet-smelling, clean-feeling work environment.

Engage Cleaning Monitors

In addition to making cleaning supplies visible for everyone to use, engaging cleaning monitors can help check work stations and aisles more efficiently and quickly. You can also adopt a rewards system, wherein the monitor earns a dollar or two for every trash or unwashed mug or plate at someone’s work station. Although some may argue against this, (given the presence of cleaning custodians) this might motivate employees more to keep their work stations spic-and-span, and encourage others to do so.

Express Disapproval

Finally, nothing beats the old game of shaming those who are as stubborn as pigs when it comes to playing in the mud! In this strategy, you can place a public advisory board where everyone can see those who are deliberately disregarding the cleanliness rule at the office. Once their names are shown, you can bank on it that these offenders will not waste time to clean their messy areas right away to avoid the embarrassment from other colleagues, visitors, and especially the top executives!

Summary

These are all suggestions you may or may not follow or you may also re-invent your own system. The greater principle to consider is that the working environment is a place where brilliant, talented and hard-working people work together to achieve individual and corporate goals as a diverse yet integrated team. And it will definitely motivate your employees to work harder when they understand the principle of the biological ecosystem wherein their individual action impacts the whole system either positively or negatively.

29. March 2016| by Angela Kirwan

Tips To Keep Your Office Clean On A Daily Basis

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A clean office is an important and often neglected aspect of the success of your business. Cleanliness affects your productivity, health and hygiene, moral, and reputation.Take the time to set some protocols for your employees to maintain the general cleanliness of your office. Everyone will benefit.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

Keep Supplies Handy
Make sure you have a closet or basket filled with office cleaning essentials. Some things to include are paper towels, multi-purpose and glass cleaner, dusting spray, microfiber wipes, a broom, and a vacuum.

Everything In Its Place
Take inventory of all of the business-related items. Next, decide where those items belong and make an effort to keep them there. For more seldom-used or bulky materials, invest in storage containers. Be sure you label them accordingly and keep an inventory list as well.

Clutter-free Desks
Make it a rule that employees should keep their desks free from clutter. Invest in desks with drawers and cabinet space so that there is a place to store items necessary for work. A clean workspace will make everyone more productive and is easier to sanitise when necessary.

Spotless Keyboards
Have a supply of keyboard wipes easily accessible for all. Make it a habit of wiping down your keyboard at the end of every day and after eating at your desk.

Phone Service
If you often use your office phone, make sure that you are regularly cleaning it. Try using a spray cleaner on the receiver and wiping down the dial pad with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Break Room Maintenance
This tends to be an area that gets dirty quickly. Here are some specific steps to keep it clean:

  • Empty the trash regularly or at least remove it to another area.
  • Vacuum food crumbs as soon as they appear.
  • Require all employees to label their food in the refrigerator.
  • Designate a weekly or monthly clean-out day. All food left behind will be tossed if not claimed.
  • Wash dishes immediately after use.
  • Wipe down the microwave if a mess is made.

 

Plant Life
Have a designated person in charge of the communal office plants. Water them regularly, remove dead leaves, and look for signs of decay. If live plants cannot be kept alive and healthy-looking, consider investing in artificial ones (and be sure to dust them).

Visualise
Take a moment and Imagine that you are a client entering the office. Walk around,following the same path a client might take. Stop often to examine your surroundings. If you look at the space from a new perspective you may find areas to clean and issues to address.

Turn To A Professional
While these tips can help keep your office clean on the surface, it is important to employ a professional cleaning service to do routine cleaning as well. Only a professional can do a deep and thorough cleaning of all parts of your office to ensure complete sanitisation.

The team at Ankars cleaning has extensive experience in office cleaning around Melbourne. Contact us for a quote to keep your office clean.

 

 

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