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Office Cleaning Companies - Counting The Cost Of Office Cleaning In This Economic Climate
The pressure from customers to reduce costs is greater than ever due to the current economic climate. Many companies are now reviewing overheads across their business and looking to see where savings can be made. In terms of office cleaning, reduced budgets will ultimately lead to a lower level of service, so it's about taking a logical, common sense approach that balances savings opportunities against critical business needs.
Reducing the frequency of the office cleaning operation offers immediate cost savings, with some companies switching from a daily service to alternate days. However, some businesses have taken more extreme measures, which in my opinion is a mistake. For example, if a company is to introduce a deep clean just one day a week and then rely on its staff to maintain the cleanliness of the building for the remainder of the week, this will not only distract employees from their day-to-day roles, but also result in much poorer working conditions by the end of each week.
Better planning offers a more effective alternative to simply reducing office cleaning across a business. One of the simplest ways of reducing costs is taking a close look at the overall office cleaning operation to focus resources to make the most of budgets. By classifying areas as either high or low profile it is possible to adapt the office cleaning regime to concentrate on critical requirements.
Typically, areas such as the office reception, entrance, washroom, meeting rooms and boardroom are seen as high profile, whilst back office and administrative spaces are seen as low profile. Mind you there is still a fine balance, because cutting back too much on low profile areas can damage the working environment for office staff and have an adverse impact on workforce motivation.
Therefore, companies need to undertake a range of initiatives to effectively remove costs from an office cleaning operation without incurring damaging side affects. Intelligent office cleaning is a way of Having office cleaning staff available during a building's opening hours ensures a consistent level of cleanliness throughout the day. With a traditional service, a building is likely to be clean at the beginning of the day and then standards gradually deteriorate until office cleaning staff return the following evening or morning.
Moreover, it enables an immediate response in the case of unforeseen accidents and spillages, minimizing the required clean up time and promoting a clean and hygienic working atmosphere.
The swine flu epidemic has brought hygiene to the forefront of people's minds, with companies and employees alike looking at ways of minimizing the spread of the disease. What it has highlighted is the ongoing need for proper hygiene within the working environment to protect staff's health from dirty and germ-ridden surfaces and equipment. Therefore, any changes to an office cleaning schedule need to take into consideration employee welfare and the implications of any reduced levels of hygiene.
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