If your employee morale is sagging, a good cleaning just might do the trick, and it also might be just what the doctor ordered.
While your employees may be more concerned about pay raises, benefits and vacation time, one of the top issues affecting their overall performance is the state of the office environment in which they work. Research done by Harvard and Syracuse Universities shows that if you improve air quality at work, you’ll improve productivity, too. It’s one of those issues you probably won’t hear much about until it becomes a problem.
Working in a clean, healthy environment can have a significant impact on how people feel and behave in the workplace. They may love their job, but on those bad days, a bright and clean workspace can help lift their moods and keep them productive. In a dirty or cluttered workspace, frustrations can mount more quickly and bad days and problems seem only to get worse.
It goes beyond your employees’ moods and can save your business money.
Going too long without a good cleaning can put the health of your employees at risk. A clean workplace improves air quality and reduces the spread of germs and bacteria, and that cuts down on sick days and absenteeism. Worker illness and injury cost U.S. employers $225.8 billion each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), so it’s clear that helping to ensure a healthy and safe workplace can improve your bottom line.
When your workers are healthy, they’ll have more energy and feel more creative, resulting in improved performance and a boost in business.
A clean workspace benefits your customer service as well, mainly if customers visit that environment. A well-maintained and clean workplace will make your customers feel confident entering your business and working with you. A bright, clean office area is like putting out a welcome mat for your clientele, and it demonstrates your professionalism and attention to detail, leaving them feeling confident that you to handle their issues.
If you have an untidy workspace and don’t care enough to keep the space clean, customers might assume you won’t care enough to take care of their needs either.
Whether seeking to attract and retain customers or potential employees, even the smallest detail such as the cleanliness of your work environment can give you a competitive advantage.
The bottom line is that you want people – employees and customers – to feel good about your work environment, and keeping it clean and well maintained helps you do that. When people feel good about their environment, they’re more likely to get along better. Are you having issues with communication in the workplace and do you observe coworkers expressing frustrations with one another? Try making their work environment cleaner; the fresh change may be just what everyone needs to improve morale.