When thinking about creating good cleaning habits in the office, one tends to think that most offices have professional cleaners to do the cleaning. While this is often the case, even when an office is professionally cleaned regularly, there is still a need for those who work in and use the office to do their part In the day-to-day cleaning tasks the professional cleaners may not do. And, if the professional cleaners don’t come each working day, there will be more tasks that need to be done daily, such as emptying wastebaskets, wiping counters, and sanitizing the restrooms. Whatever the situation regarding office cleaning, there are steps to take to create good habits for accomplishing what cleaning tasks need to be done.
The first thing that should be done is to decide who will be the person in charge of office cleaning, which would include drawing up a schedule and overseeing that the required tasks are done each day.
A list of tasks needing to be accomplished should be prepared. It is helpful if the list contains not only the tasks by name and description but also how often the task needs to be done and what cleaning supplies are needed to complete the task.
Once the list has been compiled, the person responsible for overseeing the cleaning can create a cleaning schedule that will promote good cleaning habits.
Based on the list, the required cleaning tools, supplies, and products should be purchased, and an appropriate storage area prepared. If office personnel is expected to take part in the cleaning, management must provide the proper equipment and products.
When the schedule is complete and the proper supplies ready, it is time for a staff meeting. During the meeting, management can explain the cleaning schedule and demonstrate how to properly clean each surface and area as needed. Such information as to where to empty wastebaskets, how and when to use disinfectant spray, and who to report to if a worker cannot handle their cleaning task on a particular day.
If the office is professionally cleaned each day, it is still the responsibility of each worker to keep their personal area, such as desktop and computer, tidy and clean. It is a good idea for management to provide the correct cleaning cloths for wiping down laptops,computers, printers, fax machines, and other technical equipment.
Keeping an office clean and sanitized is very important, especially in this age of contagious diseases like COVID 19. When management takes the job of making sure their offices are clean and sanitary by involving workers by creating good cleaning habits, as well as hiring professional cleaners, the overall office atmosphere is improved, and workers are healthier and can produce at a higher level.
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