How to create a simple cleaning plan for your business
Winter is officially underway which means most business owners are gearing up for the busy holiday season ahead. With so many events taking place in the last month of the year, both professionally and personally, it is easy to let cleaning fall through the cracks.
Maintaining a clutter-free and clean business during the busiest time of year should be a top priority for both business owners and employees. Aside from upholding the company’s name and image, providing a clean environment lessens safety risks, encourages productivity, and supports the health of all who work and visit the place of business.
Organized and clean workspaces improve activity and encourage creativity. A recent U.S. study on psychological perceptions connected with physical workplaces found that a workspace can influence “cognition, emotions, and behavior” and affect our “decision-making and relationship with others.” Cluttered spaces can have adverse effects on an employee’s mindset, and companies should make sure a clean workspace is maintained.
Ways to keep a business clean
A solution to make sure cleaning is conducted regularly is to hire a commercial cleaning service. This provides the benefit of knowing routine cleaning will get done on a regular schedule. However, this is not always feasible for smaller businesses on a budget. Plus, relying solely on a cleaning service does not account for areas of the workplace that need attention during business hours. One way to supplement a cleaning service or handle the project in-house is to create a simple strategy which focuses on planning and delegation of cleaning tasks:
Create an “end of day” checklist.
Posting a list of all that needs to be cleaned before leaving for the day guarantees all cleaning gets done and nothing is overlooked. Additionally, requiring the person who completes the cleaning to note they have done it keeps multiple people from doing the same task.
Schedule time for cleaning.
During busy times of the year, employees get busy with seasonal tasks and additional work. This can leave very little time to keep workspaces tidy. Scheduling 15-20 minutes of cleaning time each day per employee can make a huge difference.
Designate spot cleaners for commonly soiled areas.
Some messes have to be addressed immediately such as a spilled drink, or someone may walk through with snow-covered shows and create a slipping hazard. Appointing a person each day or week to watch for these issues and be prepared to handle them is the best way to maintain a healthy and safe work environment.
Common supplies every business needs to have on hand