Workplace cleanliness is important for more reasons than just sanitary purposes. A study found that clutter and overstimulation have a detrimental effect on one’s attention and efficiency. Because cleanliness reduces clutter, the brain can concentrate on the task at hand. Still on productivity, hiring a professional cleaning service keeps bacteria at bay, meaning that diseases caused by unsanitary conditions are minimized which cuts down on sick days among your employees. While most office managers understand the essence of maintaining cleanliness, several places easily get overlooked:
1. Computer Screen, Keyboard, & Mouse
When is the last time you cleaned these computer parts? In truth, most offices barely remember to clean computer parts. Yet, a research conducted by the University of Arizona found that computer parts, particularly the ones mentioned here, contain three to four times more germs than the average office toilet seat. Contributory reasons include poor personal hygiene practices like failure to wash hands and also people eating lunch at their desks.
2. Door Knobs
Doorknobs are one of the most highly contacted surfaces at the workplace yet also one of the most neglected when it comes to regular cleaning. In reality, doorknobs hold lots of bacteria and viruses that can survive for weeks. As every single person at the office touches the knobs when entering and exiting the office, bacteria will spread from one person to the other pretty quickly. Bacteria aside, doorknob surfaces will also hold onto oils from people’s hands. Over time, the oils will attract more germs and foreign particles.
3. Coffee Machine
A nice cup of coffee for your employees is a perfect way to increase bonding in the office or better still, fight off sluggishness. While the coffee machine is a great investment to have at workplaces, if it doesn’t get a regular, thorough cleaning, it’s likely going to cause sickness among workers. The coffee maker’s water reservoir and piping system make a great environment for bacteria and moulds. If there’s obvious slimy stuff in the coffee maker, something is growing in there and you need to stop it!
Studies show that flowers and plants increase employees’ productivity by 50 percent. Going back to science, flowers, and plants through the process of photosynthesis, absorb the carbon dioxide in the air and release oxygen thereby purifying the air. Breathing in purified air results in increased happiness, mood boosts, and concentration. Plants, though, can accumulate a lot of dust and require regular cleaning, otherwise, you’ll end up dealing with allergies and respiratory problems instead of enjoying all the perks of having some nature in the office.
Fans play a crucial role in improving circulation at the workplace. But when in operation, it’s hard to see the amount of dust accumulation on each blade so it’s no wonder they get forgotten in normal office cleaning. The problem with a dirty fan is that instead of circulating clean air, the fan will be circulating dirty and dust mite filled air. The impact of polluted air is increased allergies and respiratory illnesses among the employees.
Germs are present in every corner of our lives. At Anago Cleaning Systems, we try to keep them at bay by tackling sneaky spots where they like to hide. For more information on how to make your office sparkle through and through, give us a call at (204) 594-4666.