How Cleaning Boosts Productivity

It’s easy to think sanitizing and cleaning your facility is done only to make it look and smell good. You might do this to improve your employees’ safety a little too.

But if that’s where you stop valuing cleaning of your facility, you’re missing out on one of the most important benefits of keeping it clean: increased employee productivity. There’s no doubt a relationship exists, but it often gets overlooked.

Psychologist Fredrick Herzberg studied workplace motivators throughout the 1950s and 1960s to understand what leads to employee satisfaction. To figure it out, he simply asked employees what made them feel good and bad about their jobs.

Their responses led to the creation of his Motivation-Hygiene Theory. This is also called the “Two Factor Theory.” Herzberg also published a famous article – that still gets incredible respect today: “One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees?”

How Your Workplace’s Physical Condition Affects Productivity

Herzberg developed a list of factors that affect satisfaction:

  • Achievement
  • Recognition
  • The work itself
  • Responsibility
  • Advancement
  • Growth

And he found factors that affect dissatisfaction:

  • Supervision
  • Employee relationships with coworkers and their supervisor
  • Work conditions
  • Salary
  • Status
  • Security

As you can see, the physical work environment would likely fall under the “work conditions” criterion.

You Have A Mission-Critical Service to Perform for Your Company

Don’t feel motivated to keep your building clean and do your best work? Whether your company recognizes it or not, you perform a service vital to your company’s success when you clean your building to pristine condition.

You make employees feel cared for. They appreciate the place they come to and spend 40, 50, or 60 hours per week, or even more.

What if you don’t get the respect you feel you deserve? It’s time to start educating your coworkers and leadership about the difference you make to your company.

When your building is clean, customers become happier too. They buy more. They feel like you care about them. They’re more likely to tell their friends and family about your business, and they’ll likely come back to you again in the future.

Do you sanitize your building also? That is, do you do more than just make your building smell fresh and look clean? Do you do everything possible to remove more germs, bacteria, and viruses, and keep your coworkers from getting sick?

Does your leadership have awareness of what you do?

You do provide a mission-critical service, and it’s one that no one else in your company can do also. If they don’t think so, it’s time to start explaining to your coworkers and leadership the difference you make, how it affects them, and how you improve your company’s bottom line.

You do make a huge difference, and it’s one that nobody in your company can afford to overlook.

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