Published on Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Cleaning out an office space has quite a lot in common with cleaning your home. This is usually a large scale cleaning job, however, and there are certain things to think about that are specific to this type of operation. This is why it is sometimes better to hire a cleaning company and not simply do it yourself.
1. Now, the first thing you need to do is select a cleaning company. Search locally, for a company that not only offers office cleaning jobs, but specializes in them. The best thing to do would be to call on your regular cleaning service and see if they can offer you a good price on an overall cleanup. As you will already be familiar with the quality they offer and their company policies, the arrangements should be fairly easy to make.
2. This, however, does not mean that you shouldn't check out other options. Often times, other cleaners will be able to offer you a better price on the service that you need than the company you're currently using. Depending on whether you need your old office cleaned after you've moved out, or a new space cleaned for you before you move in your business, or maybe even a regular cleaning service, the prices will vary. Consider these factors: how big is the space? How large is the extent of the job - an overall cleanup or just a touchup? Will you require a team of people, or just one cleaner? Will this be a one time cleanup or a regular service? All of these things should be taken into account. And always remember to select a company that specializes in corporate cleanups.
3. Try to stimulate a sense of cleanliness and organization in your employees. Even a professional cleaning job can only go so far and everyone needs to pitch in to maintain a hygienic and pleasant work environment. This means cleaning up any spills and messes as they happen, washing up any utensils in the kitchenette, maintaining an organized work station, etc.
4. Assign people for the small tasks around the office - the things that need to be done regularly, but aren't big or complicated enough to require specialized personnel. This includes tasks like watering the plants, organizing the supply closet, changing any posters that need to be put up or taken down from the walls, washing up left over utensils in the kitchenette, etc. Without putting too much strain on your employees, this will minimize the duties of your cleaner. This way you can only call on them for a short time and save yourself some expenses.
5. Lastly, remind everyone that any personal affects around the office are the responsibility of the employees alone. It would be best if these are taken home during the worker's vacation or sick time, so that they don't clutter up the office space. A lot of businesses tend to forbid personal items in the workplace altogether, but this is hardly necessary. In fact, such policies have been proven to increase stress and hinder creativity. This is why it is best to allow your employees to keep some personal items at work (within reason, of course), but that it is their responsibility to keep them clean, to keep them in order and to keep them from cluttering up the office.
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