Unclean office making you ill? Hire a professional office cleaning company
How clean is your office? If you can’t answer ‘spotless’ then it might be time to do something about it.
You see, you and your employees spend a lot of time in the office and if it isn’t clean and tidy, it could be detrimental to your health. Did you know that 69% of British workers claim their workplace is a health hazard? A further 35% of Brits say they have picked up an illness from work. They’re pretty high figures if you think about it and not statistics you want your business to be associated with. Read on to find out what action you can take to keep your office clean and your staff healthy.
What can I do to keep my office clean?
The best way to keep your office clean and prevent harmful germs and bacteria from spread is to encourage your staff to follow good hygiene practices. Research suggests that keyboards harbour more harmful bacteria than toilet seats and it’s often down to people not washing their hands properly. Use signage to encourage thorough hand washing in your bathroom facilities and be sure to supply both anti-bacterial hand wash and sanitiser. It’s also a good idea to ask staff to wipe their keyboards with anti-bacterial wipes and to supply individual headsets (if used) to prevent the spread of bacteria from one person to the next.
Discourage staff from eating at their desks
Another issue is that office staff often end up eating their lunches at their desks for convenience. The problem here is that while your staff might be able to get on with their work while they’re eating, they’re also getting food on their office equipment and again, potentially spreading nasty germs and bacteria. We suggest providing a designated area like a canteen or lunch room (away from your office) where your staff can eat their lunch instead.
Create a cleaning rota
You may also find it beneficial to create a cleaning rota. That way, you can keep on top of the cleaning tasks that need to be carried out in order to keep your office hygienic. You will need to supply cleaning products and ensure your staff are trained on how to carry out cleaning tasks safely.
Of course, if you expect your staff to clean the office, or you decide to do it yourself, there will be far less time spent on carrying out work for your business. This is why many business owners choose to work with professional cleaning contractors instead. But is it an option for everyone?
Below we’ve shared 6 reasons to hire a cleaning company and the many ways you and your staff will benefit.
1. More time to focus on what’s important
We understand that small businesses often have limited financial resources but can you really afford to leave the cleaning to your office staff? Wouldn’t their time (and your money) be better spent doing the job you hired them to do?
Many business owners choose to outsource office cleaning to professional commercial cleaning contractors like NG1 City Cleaners, to give their staff more time to focus on what’s really important. Professional cleaners have the skills, knowledge, experience and equipment to carry out cleaning tasks to a much higher standard. Their time will be dedicated to cleaning, rather than split between multiple tasks, ensuring your office is left in a pristine condition.
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2. It will save you money
Business owners often think that outsourcing office cleaning will be too expensive. Truth is, it actually works out much cheaper than hiring cleaners in-house. If you think about it, taking on a team of cleaners comes with a lot of expense. Not only will you need to pay salaries but also consider things like sick pay, holiday pay and staff benefits. There’s also the cost of cleaning products and equipment to consider. It all adds up!
The advantage of working with office cleaning contractors is that you can use their services as and when you need to. You’ll pay an agreed fee for a first class service and not a penny more.
3. Create a healthier working environment
We’ve touched on this already but just to reaffirm, hiring office cleaners can help you create a healthier working environment. The cleaner your office is, the less germs and bacteria there will be floating about, causing your team to get ill. Reducing staff absence will increase productivity levels and stop your business from grinding to a halt. According to a Workplace Wellbeing report published by Legal and General in 2016, sick days cost the average UK business £120,000. While staff taking sick days isn’t always caused by an unclean office, it’s bound to be a contributing factor. If you can’t afford for your staff to be taking multiple days on sick leave, it makes sense to invest in professional cleaning services.
4. Improve morale
This point follows on nicely from the last, as not only will a healthier working environment result in a healthier workforce but also a happier one! Let’s face it – no one really likes to work in a dirty, cluttered office. It’s unpleasant and distracting.
A clean and tidy office will go a long way to keeping your staff happy, motivated and productive.
5. Create a good impression
The way your office looks will reflect on what people think of your business as a whole. It could even be the deciding factor in working with you or another company.
Whether you have prospective new staff, clients or stakeholders visiting your office, you need to make sure it says the right things about you. A tidy, well-kept, pristine office will show you take pride in your image and care about the environment your staff work in. It’s the little things that can make a big difference to people. Invest in professional office cleaning to maintain the appearance of your office and ensure it continues to create a great impression on all visitors.
6. Office cleaning tailored to your needs
One of the biggest advantages of hiring professional office cleaners is that they will tailor their services to meet your needs. Want office cleaning to take place outside of your business hours? No problem! Get in touch with NG1 City Cleaners. We’ll discuss a time that is most convenient for you and arrange your clean accordingly. We’re really flexible and all about meeting your needs.
A good commercial cleaning company will listen to your requirements and ensure they’re met. They’ll offer additional services, such as carpet shampooing or upholstery cleaning if required and create a cleaning schedule tailored to your needs.
What to look for in a reputable office cleaning company
You’ve decided that hiring a cleaning company for your office is a pretty good idea but with so many different contractors out there, how do you work out who to go with?
Our first tip is to do your research. Take a look at the websites and social media pages of office cleaning companies in your local area and see what they’re all about. Do they seem professional and like they know what they’re talking about?
Next, take your search to Google, Bark and other review sites. Are people saying good things about the office cleaning company? Do you recognise any of the businesses that have worked with them before?
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, get in touch with the cleaning companies and see what they can offer you. Do they have set packages that can meet your needs? Perhaps they’re able to offer a more bespoke service that is tailored to your requirements. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and find out as much information as possible. Always get your quote in writing and ask for a cleaning specification, so you know exactly what to expect from the contractor providing the service.
Why choose NG1 City Cleaners for office cleaning?
NG1 City Cleaners offer a fully customisable, competitively priced cleaning service to businesses in Nottingham. We have positive, long-standing relationships with many businesses in the local area and have built up a great reputation for providing first class cleaning services. Ask around and we’re certain people will have good things to say!
What makes us different from other office cleaning companies is that we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to cleaning. We understand that every business is different and we tailor our cleaning services to meet your individual needs. NG1 City Cleaners offer regular cleaning services that can be arranged at whatever frequency suits you. Our team will carry out whatever cleaning tasks you require, from wiping down surfaces and vacuuming your carpets, to sanitising IT equipment, cleaning your toilets and dusting your blinds. No task is too much!
If you choose to use our cleaning company (and we really hope you do) we’ll produce a bespoke cleaning specification that will be followed by our professional cleaners and signed off at every visit.
All of our staff are DBS checked and experienced in office cleaning. We supply them with the necessary products and equipment to carry out each job to the highest standard. Whatever your cleaning requirements might be, we’re happy to go the extra mile to meet them.
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We hope our post has given you a greater insight into professional office cleaning and the benefits it can offer. To learn more about our commercial cleaning services, feel free to get in touch. You can drop us an email: email@example.com or give us a call on: 0115 948 4686. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully working with you in the near future.
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