A clean workplace can improve employee morale exponentially. No employee will be motivated to work in a dirty, cluttered, or trash-filled environment. The energy of a space is connected to its cleanliness. Clutter and grime can increase stress and create an overall feeling of negativity in the office. Employees who enter a bright, organized, clean workspace will be more motivated to work. Happy employees boost overall morale, which in turn increases the productivity of your business. Employees who are content in their workspace are likelier to stick around. And when it costs your company almost a third of an employee’s yearly salary to replace them, you want employees that are content with their environment.
Here are a few ways keeping your workplace clean, safe, and organized can boost employee morale and encourage the success of your business.
1. Enhanced Focus
An unclean environment can make it difficult for your workforce to stay on track. Messes, clutter, dirt, grime, and even smells can create a general feeling of discomfort among employees. A dirty environment can distract employees who must stop what they are working on to address an unpleasant odor or an unattended mess. You can increase your employees’ concentration by removing these distractions and creating a comfortable, sanitary office space.
2. Higher Standards
An organized environment encourages organized work. Employees will reflect their environment in the work they produce. A sloppy office space can easily translate to disorganization and a general disrespect for the job at hand. How you prioritize cleanliness, organization, and quality in your workspace will set an expectation for your employees. Employees working in a tidy and clean space will be likelier to shoot for that same quality in their work.
3. Improved Health and Safety
Offices, in general, are a major breeding ground for germs. The spread of germs can cause illness to move quickly through your workforce leading to more sick days and less productivity. Similarly, a cluttered or disorganized office can be unsafe and cause injury. Spills that are not promptly handled can become a slipping hazard. Frequent absenteeism can cost your business in loss of productivity. Routine cleaning can reduce the instances of absenteeism due to illness or injury and increase your productivity.
4. Easier Access to Quality Tools
An organized workspace will improve productivity by providing easy access to all the crucial tools and materials your employees need. Wasting time searching for materials, files, or supplies can add to lost work time. It can also be disappointing for your employees when the item they need is not functioning due to poor upkeep. Dirt and grime can affect common office appliances and tools, from objects with electronic components to moving parts in machines. Over time, the lack of maintenance and cleaning on this equipment can cause malfunctions leading to expensive repairs or replacements and disgruntled employees. Taking care of your tools, equipment, and appliances can improve longevity and functionality.
Are you keeping a clean office? Look at your employee morale, and you may have your answer. Prime Facility Maintenance can help if you want to boost your cleanliness and organization. We can advise which areas of your workspace could use some improvement and determine how to improve the daily environment of your valuable employees.