As a business owner, the demands on your time and energy are seemingly endless. It is no wonder that certain tasks don’t ever seem to become a priority.
There are those little niggles that you notice every day, we all have them. Each time you spot the problem, you are reminded that you were intending to do something about it. Despite the fact that it regularly grabs your attention, it simply doesn’t make it to the top of your list. The trouble is that until you tackle them, they never seem to go away.
Smudges on the window, stains on the carpet, a much needed lick of paint, a dirty sink or a faded sign: you know these issues need addressing, but when can you get around to it with every other demand? Compared with responding to customers, meeting tight deadlines and ensuring you have sufficient orders, is a clean and tidy work environment really that important?
A Clean Work Environment
The first thing to point out is that if you have noticed that there is room for improvement, you are not alone. When it comes to the cleanliness of your work environment, those issues are spotted by your employees, customers and other visitors.
The Impact on Employees
Your employees will see that things aren’t spotless. They may be motivated to do something about it, but more likely they will simply put up with it. That might sound ideal, but it has a negative effect on business.
For a start, sub-standard work conditions are one way to give a clear sign that you don’t value your staff. It suggests that you don’t really care and if you don’t, why should they? It can lead to thoughts such as ‘the office is already dirty, so it doesn’t matter if I leave my dirty mug on my desk’ or ‘no one else packs things away, so why should I?’ The problem can soon escalate into a work culture.
In contrast, if your work environment is well maintained, it sets the right tone. It encourages employees to pull their weight and suggests what you expect in terms of personal presentation as well as in their standards of work. You set the president and others in the team will follow.
A clean work space is also more hygienic and this can have obvious benefits in reducing staff sickness. Providing a clean washroom, with hot water, soap and hand drying facilities is of particular importance, as is a hygienic kitchen area if this is available in your workplace. You benefit in the long run, as a healthy team is more likely to be productive.
We all judge on appearances and so don’t expect your customers to be any different. Poor cleanliness can lead to assumptions about your company’s quality standards and attention to detail. It may be enough to put potential buyers off your goods and services and so can have a negative impact on sales.
Cleaning might not be your top priority, but it could transform the reputation of your business. In addition to the retail environment, office space, dining area, conference room or workshop, it is important that the washrooms are spotless – have you seen how often toilet facilities are mentioned in reviews? People notice.
The good news is that you don’t have to pull on the Marigolds and get scrubbing. Hiring a cleaner and engaging a specialist team to undertake your washroom services can be achieved with an hour of your time and then the job is handed over to them. If you are looking for a company to undertake your washroom services, High Wycombe and surrounding areas are served by Chiltern Hygiene. We can help you make the right impression.