We often think of cleaning as a chore carried out at home, but in fact, it plays a massive role within our working environment too. Think of how you feel when your house is freshly cleaned and clear of clutter, it invokes feelings of clarity and calm. This extends to the workplace. A cluttered and dirty environment can lead to feelings of anxiety and low mood. Those emotions have a detrimental effect on a persons' ability to work productively and that is the last thing an employer will want to encounter from the staff. How does cleanliness affect productivity in the workplace?
If your work premises are not clean and well-presented it could have a negative effect on how people view your company in general. Consider how a person feels walking into your premises. Is should be organised and fresh, which is how you would like them to think about your business.
The workplace should be somewhere that your staff are proud to be. They are more likely to perform better if they are comfortable and able to carry out their duties in a pleasant environment. On average we spend a third of our life at work and if our place of work is clean and tidy it will promote those positive emotions and encourage staff to work well. Staff retention is likely to be higher if the place that they work is offered as clean, hygienic and somewhere they are happy to be. The staff are likely to take responsibility for keeping their own work-space clean if there is a general standard of cleanliness expected and maintained throughout the company. A chaotic and messy environment can cause the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, to rise and stressed staff are not productive staff.
A workplace often has a large footfall, and even if it doesn't, the issue of hygiene is a big contributory factor in productivity. Making sure your premises are properly cleaned helps to eliminate the risk of germs and illness being spread throughout the company. Regular cleaning will stop germs spreading and reduce the likelihood of staff becoming unwell. If the staff don’t believe that the company takes cleanliness and hygiene seriously, they may mirror that attitude in their own work for that company.
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