How a Clean Work Environment Can Keep Employees Productive

Clean Your Workspace

While we’re all so focused on keeping our homes clean, we may not take much time to think about the appearance of our office at work.

A clean workplace is just as important as a clean home, especially considering the amount of time we spend there. Our homes may be clean, but if we aren’t keeping our workspaces as clean, we get sick, miss out on work, and become less productive.

Organization is Key

Keeping the workplace clean and tidy is important on two levels, both of which directly translate into a high productivity environment. An organized work environment lowers stress. Not many people can sit in a cluttered office and feel completely relaxed. Most of us need at least a small amount of physical order to help us that things are in order. A clean environment lowers absenteeism and also promotes organization. The result of organization and low absenteeism promotes productivity.

So, what can you do to help the office stay germ-free?

Clean Desks

Wipe your cubicle, desk, or office down at least once a day. Bacteria and viruses can live for some time on keyboards, desk surfaces, and chairs. Anyone working with you can touch it and become exposed to germs. If each employee wipes down his/her desk daily, the number of absences due to sickness will surely start to decline.

Young Woman In Workwear Rubbing Desktop Computer In Office

Desks aren’t the only places you should be worried about when it comes to germs. Make sure the doorknobs, railings, and doors are getting a regular wipe down. If you’re not sure they are, you may be able to coordinate with your office to create a scheduled employee rotation that changes on a daily basis.

Fight Bathroom Germs

There are tons of germs in the bathroom; it’s inevitable. Even when all employees are washing hands, germs can be left to fester on doorknobs, toilet paper holders, and faucets. Washing your hands and using a paper towel to turn off the water or open the door is a good way to prevent picking up new germs on your clean hands.

Get Rid of Dust

Indoor air pollution is a big concern for staying healthy in the workplace. Although you may not be able to directly control this factor yourself, there are ways you can help yourself. Avoid sitting near a vent where air circulation is at its peak. Cover your mouth adequately when sneezing and coughing. Ask the building management to make sure the vents are regularly cleaned.

Keeping dust down to a minimum will help greatly in keeping allergen levels low. This is particularly helpful for those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions. Cleaning crews often can’t clean work areas. So, it’s on you to make sure that your area is well dusted.

A major change to your office environment won’t happen overnight.  But when it does, it won’t just be noticed on an individual level. Increased productivity will create an overall boost to the operation as fewer people need to call in sick and more people get more things done in less time. Moving towards a clean, more organized office is always worth the effort.

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