The Pros & Cons of a Collaborative Office Space …
The need to increase workplace collaboration, innovation, and creativity has seen many workplaces take preference on open-concept offices as compared to office cubicles. Open-plan office setups help break down social walls in the workplace by allowing/enabling workers to work from a shared floor, desk, and space. This means one can identify just the perfect spot to work on an assignment, as well as group projects.
The past decade has also seen this type of office plan evolve significantly, with most spaces today equipped with espresso machines, bar fridges, long wooden picnic tables, and comfortable couches that make the work environment comfortable and friendly. Workers can choose to work, socialize, and eat from these spaces too.
A Magnet for Dirt & Germs?
Although a collaborative office arrangement may be the answer to improved innovation and productivity, issues such as office cleanliness and hygiene may arise. A shared environment can be a magnet for dirt, germs, and other vices that could impact the workplace’s hygiene. With employees having to share desks, computers, keyboards, and even phones, it’s easy for germs to build up and spread throughout the office. This increases the risk of infections and particularly contagious illnesses.
Most companies hire an office cleaner to help keep the collaborative office space clean all the time. It is, therefore, the cleaner’s responsibility to ensure the surfaces are dusted well, cleaned, and sanitized to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. This means he/she must handle everything from cleaning phones, desks, work surfaces, keyboards, floors, the stairway handrails, and eating areas. While it may seem like a simple job, ensuring the office is clean and free of germs can be quite stressing even to the in-house cleaner. This is where professional cleaners come to play.
We at Professional Choice Cleaning have made it our mission to help keep your office clean and healthy ALL the time. You can, therefore, focus on running your business, or that project you have been working on, knowing the office environment is clean and conducive.
Here are a few tips and ideas on how to keep your collaborative office space clean and healthy.
Ensure All Common Work Areas and Surfaces are Sanitized
Everything in the shared work area, including desks, tables, phones, chairs, keyboards, mice, and other work surfaces ought to be sanitized every day. Dusting the surfaces to get rid of dust and dirt and removing garbage from the space also helps prevent germs from spreading. Encouraging employees to be mindful of cleanliness and hygiene will help too.
Have Carpets and Floors Vacuumed
Vacuuming provides an excellent way to keep allergens to a minimum. Have carpets in high -traffic areas vacuumed daily to eliminate dirt buildup in the fabric. You might also want to have the carpets cleaned professionally at least once a month. This will help address issues with dirt and tough stains on the same.
Keep the Kitchen Clean
The kitchen is one of the busiest places in the workplace. With everyone looking to make a cup of coffee, warm their foods in the microwave, etc. it is easy for dirt to pile up fast. Have a hand sanitizer strategically placed in the kitchen, as well as ensure all the waste is disposed of quickly. This will help keep bacteria and odors of decomposing foods from the kitchen and the entire workplace.
Dust and Sanitize Hard Surfaces
It’s easy for dust, food crumbs, and allergens to build up in the work surfaces. Use microfiber dusters to clean hard surfaces and sanitize the surface immediately after. This will help keep them clean.
Have a Centralized Waste Area
A centralized area with garbage/organic disposal and recycling makes keeping the office clean much more manageable. This not only helps improve indoor air quality but also reduces the risk of germs finding their way back to the office. Janitors will also have an easier job collecting and transporting the garbage to the compactor room, away from the office.
Keeping high-traffic areas clean can be tiring and expensive at the same time. You, however, do not have to spend more than you can afford to keep the open office environment clean. We at PCC can formulate a plan that meets your budget and office needs.