There are countless things that can get in the way of productivity at work. But did you know that a messy office is often the main hindrance to productivity? Studies have shown that the cleanliness of an office influences employees’ productivity levels.
So how can you ensure a clean, organized workspace that keeps everyone comfortable and motivated? Your team can work together to keep their space clean so they can reap the benefits.
Read on for our tips on how to maintain a clean office.
Tackle Desk Surfaces and Clear the Clutter
When we talk about distractions and cleanliness, we’re often also talking about organization — or the lack of it. Keeping the clutter at bay, especially on desk surfaces, can make a huge impact.
For easy access to important things, use stands, baskets, and shelves to neatly store papers, folders, and other desk items.
Organize Wires, Cords, and Chargers
It isn’t just paperwork, pens, and staplers that can clutter workspaces. The wires, cords, and chargers used to keep computers and equipment running can also look messy. Use open backs in desks when available, keep cords untangled and short, and hide them best as possible.
Encourage Eating in a Designated Area to Ensure a Clean Office
You’ve likely heard that eating at your desk isn’t good for your health — mental or physical. It’s also not great for cleanliness, making the appeal of eating away from our desks even greater.
Encourage employees to eat in a communal area, like an office kitchen or break room, or even outside when the weather is nice.
Make It Easy for Employees to Keep Their Computers Clean
When a colleague invites you to look at something on their screen, and all you can focus on are the smudge marks on the monitor and dust on the keyboard, you know there’s a cleanliness issue.
But most employees don’t take time to maintain their computers, so you want to make the task easy on them. Make canned air and screen wipes accessible, and encourage employees to clean their computers on Mondays or Fridays.
Establish Responsibility and Routine
Creating a cleaning chart outlining scheduled days for cleaning can be helpful for more than just dusting monitors and keywords. You can establish a routine where all employees can spend some time tidying their areas at the same time. Some companies also find it helpful to assign different teams to clean office common areas each week.
Don’t Overlook the Office Germs
Sometimes it’s the mess you can’t see that can cause the most damage. Don’t forget to focus on disinfecting as well as organizing and decluttering. Have disinfectant wipes available for use throughout the office, and help cut down on the spread of germs.
Get Help from an Outside Cleaning Company
At the end of the day, you want your employees to focus on their work more so than maintaining a clean office. Investing in a professional office cleaning service can be well worth the money.