Open-concept offices have flourished over the past decade in Toronto, with the intention of increasing collaboration, creativity, innovation as well as using floor space more effectively. In bringing employees together to break down social walls, you’ll now find areas where workers share the floor, large spaces and even desk spaces, as they move around areas best suited to whatever project they’re working on. You will find staircases that encourage interaction, common areas with bar fridges, espresso makers, comfortable couches, and long wooden picnic tables where people can both work, eat and socialize.
While the open-concept collaborative office seems to be the answer to improved productivity and innovation; however, it also introduces new issues of office cleanliness. With the sharing of ideas, also comes the sharing of equipment such as phones, computers, desks as well as germs. In turn, this can hurt productivity with missed work days due to illness.
The role of the office cleaner is very important in the collaborative offices space. Companies must be even more conscientious about cleaning and sanitizing and keeping air quality clear. Desks, phones, keyboards, work surfaces, floors, eating areas and stairway handrails are germ magnets, so they must be cleaned thoroughly.
At CleanThat, we specialize in making sure that your open-concept office is a healthy and clean office. Here are some of the ways you can ensure your space is maintained in a way that benefits staff, clients and future business:
Sanitize common work areas
Proper work-area cleaning includes sanitizing the tables, desks and other work surfaces, phones, removing garbage, dust and dirt particles from the premises, cleaning chairs, keyboards and mouses. All these areas must be cleaned and sanitized regularly to prevent the spread of germs. Staff from CleanThat can recommend how often cleaning is required for each of these areas based on traffic and usage.
Vacuum carpets and floors
Vacuuming helps to keep allergens to a minimum as well as eliminating dirt in the fabric. Vacuuming should be done daily in high-traffic areas to keep everything spic and span. A monthly carpet cleaning maintenance program is also helpful and can address cleaning requirements for areas within the office that experience heavier traffic.
Keep Kitchens Clean
Kitchens can often be the busiest places where the mess piles up the fastest. It is important to keep tidy and well sanitized at all times. Making sure waste is disposed quickly reduces odors and bacteria which can spread quickly in an open space.
Cleaning Hard Surfaces
Reduce allergins, dust and food crumbs from common surfaces is important. This can be done using microfiber dusters and sanitizing daily using high quality products to keep clean.
Keeping Waste in One Area
Having a centralized waste area with recycling, garbage or organic disposal is helpful to keep things clean and ensure good air quality. This is helps reduces germs and allows janitorial staff to efficiently collect nightly and transport to the compactor room, out of range.
While it seems that there are many more cleaning tasks involved in the open concept office environment, it doesn’t have to affect your cleaning budget. A cleaning professional from CleanThat can develop a plan that fits your office needs. Also, by following the recommendations listed above you can ensure your collaborative office stays clean helping maintain good business and a healthy, happy and productive team.