Having a clean office is essential to having a productive office. The fact is that clutter can actually make workers less productive and more stressed out. For starters, clutter flat out makes it harder to find things. This in turn frustrates and stresses employees. Even the sight of clutter can make many people extremely stressed.
A clean office also means that it has been disinfected properly. With the flu season upon us, disinfecting shared space is increasingly important so that you aren’t missing a good percentage of your workforce.
With both of these cleanliness factors in mind, here are five areas of your office that probably aren’t cleaned properly.
One of the main reasons that cubicles or workstations aren’t cleaned properly is because you are leaving it up to the individual that works in that particular space. You can’t force your employee to become an organized decluttering machine. They have to make that decision on their own. Even if you hire a cleaning company to disinfect their desks and other areas of the office, cleaning companies typically don’t reorganize papers and clutter.
If you don’t hire office cleaners, you can probably expect some pretty filthy keyboards and mice. It would be rare to find an employee that disinfects their own workstation simply because their time is occupied with their actual job. Once they are done with their work for the day, they typically don’t want to sit around and clean their space.
Some Kitchen Surfaces
Having a cleaning crew will definitely make your kitchen a much cleaner space. However, if you don’t have a cleaning crew, your kitchen may be one of the dirtiest areas in your office. The kitchen is one of the most commonly used areas of an office which means a lot of germs are passing through. People are touching everything such as the refrigerator handle, microwave buttons, coffee pot, and more.
Not only that but there are a select few people who think that others should clean up after their mess. So the microwave can often be left with splatter stuck around the inside. The refrigerator is also commonly cluttered with perishables that are way past their expiration date.
Another area that probably isn’t cleaned properly is the conference room. Yes, that may raise an eyebrow or two. In your eyes, the conference room is immaculate. However, just because it has been decluttered and dusted, doesn’t mean it has been cleaned properly. A conference room involves a lot of handshaking and touching of shared surfaces like the conference room table. Have these been disinfected? This is one of the easiest places to pass along any illnesses.
The watercooler is probably part of the your kitchen area or at least near it. The reason this often goes uncleaned is because no one ever really thinks about cleaning it. It is water, what is so dirty about that?
Water buildup can start to contain microbes. The spill tray is just a tiny pool of standing water. Not only that but the watercool is a shared object. Employees will be touching the water nozzles hundreds of times a day in order to rehydrate. Unfortunately it only takes one sick employee to infect the rest of the office. The scenario is quite simple. They sneeze into their hand then proceed to press the nozzle with that same hand. On the other hand they could be refilling their water bottle and touch their mouthpiece to the water nozzle itself. Either way, it spells illness for the rest of the office.
The Supply Closet
Finally, the office supply closet is another area of the office that probably isn’t cleaned properly. Overall, this can be a challenging space to keep organized. Offices use a lot of supplies and different employees need different supplies more than others. So creating a way to have easy access to these frequently needed supplies can be difficult. Not every office supply can be front and center on the shelf.
On top of that, new office supplies come in all the time which means they need to be added to the supply closet in an orderly fashion. It would be an ideal situation to have the office manager in charge of this. A person in charge of the office supply closet needs to take stock and keep the supply closet organized so that other employees aren’t frantically looking for something.