It is often said that the state of our living or working environment can reflect our state of mind. A workspace that is clean and tidy is far more likely to be the setting of productivity than a cluttered workspace.
Whether we spend most of our time in a shared workspace or a home office, our minds will always respond better to a clean and tidy workspace – and as a business owner, you need to supply this for your employees.
Regardless of the type of business you run, or the type of space in which you work, it’s always important to maintain a high level of cleanliness and organization. Not only will a clean and organized workplace benefit your employees, but it also actually increase their productivity.
Here are five reasons why it is so important to keep your workplace clean and tidy:
It makes for a happier working environment
A study in the Netherlands showed that there was a significantly higher level of work satisfaction in those in clean office environments. It is important to remember that, in most cases, your employees (and likely you, too) spend more time at work than they do at home.
That means that an uncomfortable work environment is going to lead to a higher turnover in employees and less job satisfaction overall. If you want your employees to be happy and focused at work, you need to ensure their workspace is somewhere they want to spend time.
It keeps employees healthier
In many Canadian workplaces, sickness accounts for a huge percentage of business revenue loss every year. By ensuring that your workplace is kept clean and sanitary, you can dramatically reduce the number of sick days your employees will require. Not only will your staff see their workplace as clean and safe, but they will also likely require far fewer days off due to physical illness.
Keeping your workplace clean will also improve the air quality, easing allergies and making it much easier to concentrate and be productive. This may sound like a small issue, but a Harvard study found it was the #1 thing employees cared about.
It saves time
In a cluttered room, it can take a lot longer to locate files or books. Keeping a tidy and organized office space can free up a lot of time, so that employees can do their job, rather than spending hours searching for that missing file.
You also shouldn’t expect your employees to keep all their areas clean, too, unless this is an essential part of their job description. If you own a store, you may expect your staff to vacuum at the end of the day and dust shelves, but do you expect them to clean registers? Professional cleaners ensure a top to bottom clean, with nothing left behind.
Not only will you provide your employees with a more productive space to be in, but you’ll literally free up their time so they can focus on your customers.
It boosts creativity
With less clutter in the office, your employees have much more space in their minds for productive, creative thinking. Decluttering desks can result in a decluttering of the mind, which can leave a lot more mental space for ground-breaking business ideas!
It reduces stress
We humans may be highly intelligent and evolved, we still become very unsettled when we walk into a room in which there are too many things to focus on. Clutter causes us distress, whether that’s in a bedroom, office space, kitchen, or school classroom. Our desire for organization and tidiness makes perfect sense; too many objects to look at can heighten any existing feelings of anxiety, resulting in distraction and low productivity.
When you reduce the number of distractions, your employees will be happier and more productive.
If you are a Calgary business owner, you may want to consider contacting a professional cleaning company to help you manage the cleanliness of your place of business and keep your employees happy and at their most productive.
At Cleanbrite, we provide only the highest quality of cleaning services to offices in Calgary. Whether you run a small company and would like to brighten your office with a good deep clean or you’re responsible for a larger space that needs to be thoroughly sanitized, we’ve got you covered. Click here to contact us today.