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How Cleanliness Affects Health and Productivity in the Workspace


A clean workplace is a non-negotiable when it comes to maintaining the health and safety of employees. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces can make all the difference in preventing the spread of illness.


As Facility and Office Managers, you have the power to harness the benefits of a clean and organized workspace. The positive impact on workplace productivity and overall employee well-being cannot be overstated. The simple act of prioritizing cleanliness in your facility can lead to significant benefits.


Here are some essential factors that are influenced and affected by the cleanliness in your workspace:

  • Employee productivity: A clean workplace can positively impact employee productivity. Employees are more likely to feel motivated and focused when working in a clean, organized environment.

  • Employee morale: A clean workplace can also create a positive work environment and boost employee morale. A dirty or cluttered workplace can make employees feel demotivated and unappreciated. A study by the Staples Corporation found that 94% of employees say they feel more productive in a clean workspace, and 77% say they feel they produce higher quality work in a cleaner environment. A study by the National Business Research Institute also found that a clean workplace can improve employee morale and job satisfaction.

  • Customer perceptions: The cleanliness of your facility can impact a customer’s perception of your business. Upholding a professional image and creating a positive impression on customers is essential to success.

  • Compliance and regulations: In some industries, compliance and regulations require a clean workplace. Failure to meet these requirements can lead to penalties, fines, and legal issues.

  • Common key areas: Remember to prioritize cleaning and disinfecting in high-traffic areas such as restrooms, food areas, conference rooms, lobby and waiting room spaces, etc. A study by ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) found that the most commonly missed areas during cleaning are telephones, desktops, and computer keyboards. The study also found that these areas can harbor more bacteria than a toilet seat. Keep in mind that commonly used areas vary based on the facility's industry type, usage, building size and location.

In summary, cleanliness is not a luxury but a necessity. It is essential for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, promoting productivity and morale, and creating a positive impression on customers. Prioritizing cleanliness in your facility is a win-win for both the business and the people who make it thrive.


Contact us for a service request or for more information about how you can improve health and productivity at your workspace.

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