Cleanliness in the workplace may be called one of the “secret contributors” to a motivated workforce. “The most important component of any work environment is its people” according to Fabio Vitali in an article “Why workplace cleanliness is key” dated Dec 04 2017.
According to an article on the website toppr.com “Sanitation and neatness play an important role in our day to day routine. It is important as it prevents dangerous diseases like Dengue, typhoid, hepatitis, and other diseases caused by mosquito bite, etc.”
A lot of people worry about catching viruses from sick coworkers. That is unfortunately only part of the source. Perhaps they should also start worrying about other sources of possible infection. New research shows that contamination of just a single doorknob can help spread germs throughout office buildings, hotels or health care facilities within hours. A very interesting test that was done in an office environment: According to CBS News, researchers applied samples of a virus to surfaces such as doorknobs and tabletops. They found that, within two to four hours, the virus had been picked up by 40 to 60 percent of workers and visitors in the facilities and could be detected on many commonly touched objects.
In another research project researchers looked for germs on the insides of airplanes. “Researchers found bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and E. coli can live for up to a week on airplanes that aren’t sufficiently cleaned. The study was partially funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.” One can argue that we are not all frequent flyers or cabin crew, but what about the office environment?
But what are the benefits to the business for keeping a clean and orderly workstation?
On the website of openworksweb.com “Workplace cleanliness isn’t just necessary for sanitation purposes. The truth of the matter is that cleanliness in the workplace has a large effect on the overall productivity of employees and work-related projects.”
Here are their 10 reasons for keeping the workplace clean:
- It cuts down on sick days.
- Allows for better concentration.
- Reduces “search” time.
- Keeps stress to a minimum.
- Lifts spirits.
- Improves motivation.
- Strengthens morale.
- Keeps injury at bay.
- Improves employee retention.
- Keeps workplace tools in order.
Cleanliness of the workplace informs employees as to how they should behave. It creates an environment of respect and responsibility. The conclusion: It ultimately saves money and improves productivity, and that is exactly what the company wants.