How Safe is Your Office?

Dirty KeyboardWhen we talk about safety with regard to working in an office, it’s easy to assume we’re talking about potential hazards such as tripping over cables or using faulty equipment. However a lack of cleaning can bring up many more hazards than these, even if they are largely unseen.

It’s not simply a question of vacuuming the floors either. It is imperative that essential equipment such as keyboards and phones are cleaned regularly too. According to statistics there are far more bacteria present on an office desk than there are on the average toilet seat – well over 400 times more in fact.

Furthermore there is the popular activity of eating lunch at our desks to consider. Many of us do this without cleaning our desks or our hands before or afterwards. We then transfer germs and food particles onto the phone, our computer keys and elsewhere too.

If desks were disinfected properly and regularly this action alone would get rid of 99.9% of germs. Since this reduces the odds of falling ill, it has a positive knock-on effect in terms of employee retention, rather than having people off sick all the time.

Regular cleaning is an essential part of a safe and healthy office space

“Most businesses are aware of the impact they incur when employees are off sick,” said a spokesman for ProCare Cleaning. “Yet there is a very simple solution. If regular office cleaning takes place to ensure desks and equipment are kept clean, not to mention other areas of the office as well, the business will benefit in many ways – as will its employees.”

First Impressions Last: The Importance of Office Cleaning

Clean Office Reception AreaOffice cleaning is important for more than just hygiene reasons. Keeping a workplace clean and tidy is vital for morale and it also gives a good impression if clients come to visit.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘first impressions last’, and this is precisely why any office space should be cleaned regularly. If the space is looking less than its best, any potential client who comes by will start to wonder how well the business is run. If those in charge cannot organise regular cleaning schedules, what are they like organising workloads and handling clients?

In a sense an office space represents the business that works within it. Thus if the space is disorganised, dirty and untidy it will present entirely the wrong picture to anyone who visits. It can also mean a business is less efficient, as it can take a lot longer to achieve tasks when working in an untidy environment.

“It’s important to ensure businesses always give the best impression”

Clearly, office cleaning cannot be underestimated. “Sometimes business owners see cleaning as something that’s not an essential,” said a spokesman for ProCare Cleaning. “However it’s about far more than just being clean. If a business is able to give an excellent impression to its clients – even when they visit unexpectedly – it will surely earn back the cost of investing in regular cleaning services to begin with.”

Many office managers would agree with this. In this case, first impressions can last a long time.