Billions of Pounds Lost Every Year Owing to Unhealthy Offices

young woman demonstrating office desk postureDifferent jobs require workers to perform different tasks, but according to the latest figures some £7 billion pounds is lost every single year as UK businesses dish out this amount in sick pay. This is due to work spaces that are not fit for purpose, such as badly organised desks and chairs and equipment that is not ergonomic in nature.

A range of health problems

The most commonly occurring health problem is that of backache, which occurs in some 40% of those who are off sick for as much as three weeks every year. Tense and stiff shoulders are seen in 37% of these people, and eye problems are next, affecting 30% of staff who are off for this period of time. Depression is also common, occurring in 17% of people in this group.

Many of these problems can be reduced by the presence of risk assessments. However, one in two office workers have not had this legally required assessment in the last year.

Making changes

While the figures relate primarily to those who are in office jobs who spend much of their day seated, there is also a strong potential for injuries and problems to occur in other jobs. We take care to ensure all our employees have the right equipment to perform each task and the ability to use that equipment properly. It is part of the ProCare commitment to take good care not just of our employees, but of our clients as well with our office cleaning services.

Are Your Office Cleaning Practices Good Enough?

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Every now and then we turn on the news and hear about the spread of one infection or another. A few months ago a Middle Eastern version of coronavirus was reported to the World Health Organisation. This is just one example – there are many other infections and illnesses that are caught and have the potential to spread on a daily basis.

This should be inspiration enough to ensure your own premises are as clean as they can possibly be. Different businesses have different requirements when it comes to cleaning. For example a medical environment will have much higher standards as laid down by the Care Quality Commission than the average office. However there is no excuse for not keeping your working environment as clean as possible.

Now is the time to check how clean your premises really are

Even if you have already hired a cleaning team to take care of this aspect of your working day, it is a good idea to check how good a job they are doing. If you haven’t got a professional cleaning team in place yet, make sure you give it serious consideration. Even if you only have a small office and a small team of people working for you, it will need cleaning from time to time. If this is left to everyone else to do, the standards of cleanliness will not be as good as they could otherwise be. After all, there are always ‘better’ things to do, aren’t there?

Check your office now and make the decision to contact ProCare Cleaning if you need assistance.

Procare Sponsor Toddington Young Musician Competition

Toddington Music SocietyToddington Music Society organise a Young Musicans of the Year Competition annually and this year Procare Cleaning were happy and proud to help sponsor the event.  The adjudicator was Karen Stephenson who plays in the Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and is regularly invited to guest as principal celloist for numerous orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra.  She is also a tutor for The National Youth Orchestra.

There were six contestants soloing, the youngest being 15 and the oldest was 18, they played the horn, trumpet, flute, piano, cello and one sang.  The event was won by two people this year shared between Benjamin Goldscheider who is in the third round of this years Young Musican of the Year Competition and played the horn and Neil Martin who played the cello.

All six contestants performed beautifully and it was a very difficult and close decision.

 

Taking Steps to Prevent Legionnaire’s Outbreaks

Legionella BacteriaEvery now and then the news has details of a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak. For example, a notable outbreak was reported in the Upper Midwest of America in recent months.

Water sources tend to be the ideal place for the Legionella bacteria to grow and develop. However there are ways in which you can prevent it growing in the first place – namely by keeping these areas spotlessly clean and well maintained. Indeed it is believed that a lack of maintenance was enough to trigger the growth of the Legionella bacteria in the Midwest example.

Make sure you hire responsible and thorough cleaners

If you run a business it is your responsibility to ensure the premises are kept clean, tidy and safe to use. This includes all communal areas such as toilets and shower cubicles.

Fortunately life will be much easier when you hire expert cleaners from Procare. They are all experienced in using various pieces of cleaning equipment to achieve the cleanest and healthiest surroundings to work in. The best way to ensure you are never affected by an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease is to do everything you can to avoid creating the ideal conditions for it. Regular cleaning is the best way to tackle this situation.

Make no mistake: this disease can be deadly. The Midwest outbreak claimed several lives and made many others seriously ill. Make sure you take every necessary step by hiring cleaners you know you can rely on every day.

American Cleaners Vote to Strike

Office Carpet CleaningA news story on an American news website recently revealed a union that supports those in the cleaning industry was planning to strike over the contents of their latest employment contract.

The idea of striking to get what you want rears its head in many different industries. This particular example may not seem terribly dramatic, but put yourself in the shoes of those who would normally rely on the cleaners to keep their offices and workspaces clean and tidy. You’d only need to be without those services for a day or two to realise how unkempt your surroundings would get. This would be even clearer the more people you had working in the space.

Good news from Procare

If you have experienced this in your own business, there is a solution. Instead of hiring a company where the workers are employed, offering the possibility to strike, choose a business like Procare instead. All our contractors are self employed, so this ensures you will always get the cleaning services you rely on.

When you are self employed, you won’t be paid if you don’t come into work. Since you are totally responsible for your livelihood you will not be inclined to withdraw your labour!

This bodes well for companies who want to be sure their cleaning services can be relied upon at all times. Looking smart and creating a healthy workplace is exceptionally important – but so is choosing the right contractors. Make sure you make the right decision today.

Keeping Your Workplace Clean is Essential in the 21st Century

Dirty KeyboardThe 21st century began with one thing the 20th century did not have in its early years – namely the internet and the advent of desktop and laptop computers. There are many other new things in our lives as well of course, but in terms of cleanliness in the office, it is worth realising how important this is when it comes to using computers and in particular their keyboards.

Keeping an office space clean and tidy on a daily basis can be a challenge. However it is a challenge that is more easily met with the help of a professional cleaning company. Food and drinks enjoyed in the office can lead to a greater risk of accidents and spread of germs. Computer equipment can be damaged in some cases, which can lead to costly repairs.

Furthermore, germs can prevail in environments where food and drinks have been spilt. Keyboards in particular can become very dirty and are ideal breeding places for germs. A workplace that is regularly cleaned is not only more productive it can also cut down on ill health.

Call on the professionals to make your workplace safer

The professionals at Pro Care Cleaning will ensure your office is kept clean and tidy at all times. They recognise how important it is to keep cables and other hazards safely out of the way, as well as keeping all surfaces clean and tidy.

It’s easy to see how vital it is to choose the right cleaning company – one that understands the importance of hygiene in the workplace. If you hire the right team on a regular basis your own workplace and computer equipment will be safer and easier to use as a result.

Changing Your Office Layout? A Great Opportunity For Deep Clean!

Messy OfficeWhat Is Lurking Behind That Furniture That Has Not Moved For Years?

Many small businesses have the same office layout for months, even years, at a time, but eventually there comes the need to change. This can happen for a variety of reasons. New equipment may be required that won’t fit into the current office layout. A more common reason is a change in staffing arrangements that cannot be accommodated in the existing office layout.

If you are considering changing your office round in the near future, it is wise to employ the services of a professional cleaning company at that time. In doing so, the whole process will become much easier and more straightforward. It also means you can ensure the whole space is professionally and expertly cleaned. This includes those spaces that cannot always be reached during routine cleaning owing to desks and other items of furniture being in the way.

The whole outcome is one of a cleaner, brighter and more efficient work space. It also ensures you can get the job done far more quickly than you would be able to otherwise. It may even inspire you to change things around more frequently.

The power of a good cleaning company

The cleaner and tidier an office is the easier it is to change the layout to accommodate its workers. This is something the experts at ProCare Cleaning know all too well. Hiring the best experts to take on this task and thoroughly clean any office space is essential to achieving a healthy working environment.

Office Cleaning; Price is Not the Only Consideration

Some companies focus almost exclusively on price when it comes to choosing a cleaning company. Every firm has overheads but some of them are (or should be) immovable. This isn’t always the case with the smallest cleaning services though, who are looking to gain an edge over their competitors.

One such area is insurance. Every cleaning company should have insurance so it is fully covered for any mishaps that may occur on your premises. In addition, a prospective customer should be able to see proof of this insurance without any deflection or hesitation on the part of the cleaning company.

Put simply, if you come across a cleaning company that isn’t willing to provide proof of cleaning insurance, you should go elsewhere. The best cleaning services will not only have this insurance, they will be pleased to provide you with the proof you need. Of course their prices may be slightly higher to reflect the cost of the insurance, but wouldn’t you rather have the peace of mind it provides?

“Here at Procare we have always placed immense importance on the subject of insurance,” said a spokesman for the company. “We’re pleased to say things rarely go wrong, but this doesn’t mean there is no need for insurance. We are in the business of providing peace of mind – as well as outstanding and comprehensive cleaning services – for all our clients.”

Clearly while insurance is not the first thing you will think of when hiring a cleaning company, it should not be forgotten either.

Reduce Sickness in the Workplace with Regular Cleaning

Flu Symptoms at WorkWorkers can be off sick for many reasons. However the most common are traditionally colds, flu and bugs of various kinds. If you look into any statistics available on this subject, you will usually find these conditions top the charts when it comes to sickness in the workplace – particularly in offices. They may not be serious in nature, but they can certainly affect morale and efficiency.

Fortunately there is a simple solution that can have a profound effect in this area. Regular office cleaning means cleaner bug-free surfaces, and this in turn means less sickness. Offices are notorious for spreading germs since some of them can survive for surprising lengths of time on all kinds of surfaces. Office cleaning cannot reduce sickness to zero, but it can have a significant effect when it is done on a regular basis.

Of course it is not just a question of removing dust from surfaces. Disinfecting them has a significant effect too, and an experienced cleaning team will be able to offer this service on a consistent basis. You may even find a cleaner office affects performance in a positive way. A cleaner workspace always feels healthier and less cluttered, and this in turn can enhance the performance of those working there.

“Our office cleaning services are extremely effective,” said a spokesman for Procare. “We’re big enough to provide and manage high quality cleaning services vs clear national standards, and yet small enough to provide the personal friendly, flexible, reliable service many businesses like.”

Office Cleaning Contractors Wanted In Leicester and Coventry

Procare need more office cleaning contractors as we are so busy.

We have been very successful recently in the Leicester and Coventry areas so are looking for new contractors to work with us in these areas.

You need to be self-motivated, have your own transport and be committed to maintaining high standards in exchange for being well rewarded.

All our contractors invest in their own businesses with the opportunity to work with us to build and grow a successful business that will become very stable and will receive full support and back up form Procare.

We deal with insurance, invoicing and servicing, holiday and sickness support to allow you to concentrate on running your business.  We have over 34 years of specialist knowledge in all aspects of the cleaning industry and are constantly checking new products to ensure we are up to date and can support you best.

If you have been considering starting up a cleaning business or have been trying with little success why not give us a call and arrange a free meeting.

Please call us on 02476 109666 or 0800 032 6660 and ask for Brenda Wernet.