Many employees will start their working day by organising their workspace. Once their environment is arranged to their liking and feels within their control, their productivity can kick in.
Until this moment, even if work has begun, clutter or dirt will act as a continuous subconscious distraction.
A chaotic work environment can hinder efficiency. An organised workplace encourages workers to be productive, reduces work-related stress and saves. When you establish an efficient workplace, you establish structure. By doing so, workers are able to accomplish more and generate more business.
From a health and safety perspective, cleanliness in the workplace is paramount. A messy company workspace can present safety and health concerns. For example, old food kept in a company’s refrigerator can cause workers to become ill because it can harbour some dangerous and even deadly micro-organisms. Make sure ground surfaces are clear of objects that could cause someone to trip. Clean up spilled liquids promptly to reduce slips and falls. Remove clutter.
HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, advises that; “Healthy workplaces are a focus for today’s organisations. The health of the workforce can affect health insurance costs, sick days and productivity. A recent study found that reduced respiratory illness, allergies and asthma, and sick building syndrome, along with increased worker comfort from changes in thermal comfort, lighting, and improved indoor air quality would produce an annual US savings or productivity gain of between $43 and $235 billion.”
While many organisations think they are protecting their staff through routine cleaning, the products being used are actually, often, the culprit in causing respiratory illness and decreasing air quality. Many chemical based cleaning products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are released into the air and are potentially harmful. The acrid aroma can also lead to headaches and a loss of productivity.
What is the alternative? The answer lies in microbiology and enzymes. Using a carefully calculated combination of bacterial strains (considered beneficial microorganisms) and added enzymes (each selected for its efficiency at degrading certain waste materials) the winning formula in green cleaning is achieved. When used correctly, these products are completely safe and effectively tackle the wide variety of compounds found in the waste system.
Eco-Office confirms that ‘the two main points that hugely impact the psychological state of staff are unclean workplaces, and air quality.’ When the answer to both of these problems is not only more effective, but healthier too – why wouldn’t your office go green in 2017?
Renae Nicole is a small business writer and John J Coetzee is the Chief Executive Officer of Green Worx Cleaning Solutions.