Have you ever wondered how valuable workplace cleanliness is? Each and every year, businesses all across Australia lose an untold amount of money due to absenteeism and poor staff motivation, all at the hands of their environment. Is your office making you sick?
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Sick building syndrome Believe it or not, sick building syndrome is not just a figment of your imagination. In office buildings everywhere, employees arrive at work for a day of productivity and leave feeling unwell; and it’s not work pressures or stress that is always the cause.
In many cases the building or environment itself is the trigger. An almost silent trigger typically caused by hidden nasties such as mold, pollutants and germs exacerbated by filthy practices by some employees themselves. Yes, it is not a pleasant concept however the fact remains 'sick building syndrome' can produce unhappy, unmotivated employees.
Employees can help to clean There are many practices employers can encourage workers to do on a regular basis.
• Covering face and mouth when coughing and sneezing and then cleaning their hands afterwards.
• Regularly wiping down their desks and telephone
• Consider introducing a roster to help maintain shared eating and meal preparation areas.
Most importantly though staff should be encouraged to clean up after themselves and ensure rubbish is regularly cleared and bins aren't overflowing.
Seek feedback from employees on ways that they can help to keep their work areas tidier to keep them healthy and more productive.
Calling in the experts Regular cleaning by professionals will help to maintain your office environment. Don’t trust the health of your workers to just any old company. Make sure you choose a reputable firm, with experience, a can-do attitude and a willingness to take on any challenge.
The team at City Property Services can help to ensure your office is a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Investing money in regular and professional cleaning will see your business reap the benefits with a reduction in absenteeism and an increase in productivity.
Workers will have far greater satisfaction on the job if the environment they work in is hygienic and clean. No business can afford to have staff off sick so when there is an opportunity to reduce contributing factors, it really should be on the priority list.