Every business or organization wants their office to look, smell, and feel clean. For some, this equates to having clean floors, dusted surfaces, and unsoiled bathrooms — which are all ideal traits for a good-looking office environment. However, high-quality office cleaning extends beyond these types of surface-level perceptions. Green cleaning is something that will positively impact on not only the appearance of your office, but your employees and organization in a variety of other ways as well. In fact, it can even impact your bottom line.
Green cleaning is a practice that removes contaminants from the indoor environment through environmentally-responsible methods to improve and protect the health of your employees. Conventional commercial cleaning services, on the other hand, use methods that are harmful to both the environment and the employees that work in your facility (as well as any visitors).
Office Cleaning Makes for a Healthier Work Environment
As a green cleaning company, we feel it is important to point out the significant health benefits that result from office cleaning that uses green methods. Cleaning is an essential factor in helping to decrease the amount of employee absenteeism and the growing costs to productivity, revenue, and profit that result from it. But, what is clean? Public health experts break cleanliness down into three categories: Sterile, Disinfected, and Sanitary.
- Sterile: A sterile environment is one that is 100% free of contaminants
- Disinfected: An environment that is 95% free of harmful substances and contaminants
- Sanitary: Some pollutants, contaminants, and disease risks still exist; however, employee health overall is generally protected.
At Pro Clean, our green cleaning processes enable us to clean so that the end result leaves your office “disinfected” as a minimum. We achieve disinfected-level results by following industry best practices, ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and CIMS Green Building (CIMS-GB) certification standards, and by adopting an Operating System 1 (OS1) approach to comprehensive cleaning. This means that our team of cleaning experts is trained and each employee specializes in a specific function. As the first company in Florida to receive the CIMS-GB certification, it shows our commitment to cleaning for more than just appearances. This ensures that we clean with your employees’ health first in mind.
Cleaner Offices Contribute to Lower Employee Medical Costs
Americans who work full-time typically spend more than a third of their day, five days a week, at their place of employment. As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide a safe, hazard-free workplace for your employees, part of which includes office cleaning. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “a healthier workforce can mean lower direct costs, such as insurance premiums and workers’ compensation claims. It can also translate to lower indirect costs if workers miss less work because of illness.”
However, as many businesses try to find ways to cut costs to reduce the budget, some may try to cut back on functions that they may deem “unnecessary” or that are lower priorities. However, cleaning should never be one of the tasks that get reduced. A dirty, unclean environment means that your employees may be breathing in bacteria, germs, particulates, and other airborne contaminants that can result in asthma, respiratory infections, and other illnesses.
Office Cleaning Allows for Greater Employee Productivity
When employees work in a dirty and unhealthy environment, it not only increases absenteeism, but it also can significantly decrease their productivity. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2016 that “productivity losses from missed work cost employers $225.8 billion, or $1,685 per employee, per year.” Illness-related absenteeism that results from not partnering with a quality office cleaning company can impact the quality of the services or products you offer as well as your business’ profitability.
However, the opposite problem — presenteeism, or employees who show up to work while sick or suffering health conditions that prevent them from being truly productive — may end up costing your organization more than those who stay home while sick. According to surveys cited by the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge report shows that employees who suffer from presenteeism may end up costing $1.5 trillion (written $1,500 billion) to employees in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
Using Green Cleaning Services Can Boost Your Reputation
In a time when an organization’s brand image is increasingly important, partnering with a reputable green cleaning company that uses verifiable green cleaning methods to clean your offices can have a positive effect on your public image. Being known as a company that adopts environmentally-conscious cleaning practices and procedures can be a boon to your organization’s reputation. Furthermore, it may even help to open the doors to new customer relationships or partnerships with other companies that share those values.
At Pro Clean, our team of full-service cleaning professionals adheres to environmentally-safe industry green cleaning practices to reduce the environmental impact of our work. Furthermore, another benefit of partnering with Pro Clean for your facility maintenance and cleaning needs is that you can enjoy the convenience of making just one call to one vendor. This helps to save you both time and energy, as well as the frustration of having to deal with multiple vendors.
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