Cleaning Concerns

Despite the hope that that the end of restrictions is in sight, it appears that because of lax social distancing, overcrowding, and fear of infection from germs, over 50% of workers in Britain would happily not return to the office – ever.

A recent study of 1000 employees who are currently working from home also suggests that over 65% would also feel uncomfortable about going full time back to the workplace.

Their main concerns are not enough space for themselves, the unsatisfactory cleaning routines of other employees and inadequate cleaning in communal areas.

In fact, when asked, around 45% thought that their office was not kept satisfactorily clean before the pandemic.

The simple, straightforward use of restrooms, coffee runs, staffrooms, and hot-desking in the pre-covid era appear to have become sources of concern for many, which means that cleaning takes on a high priority when it comes to returning workers’ peace of mind in an attempt to ameliorate their anxiety so that it does not get to the level where it inhibits their productivity.

Of course, individuals are able to make their own decisions regarding hand sanitiser, masks and cleaning of the desk they are using. But, areas not under the control of employees such as socially distanced desks, screens, frequent deep cleans, plentiful and easily accessed sanitiser pumps, antibacterial wipes and daily cleaning for communal areas, are also important to them – and these are likely to be things they hope their employers would provide.

In addition, the idea of staggered starts and finishes, lift number limits and open windows for air circulation were considered to be reassuring.

The key, it seems, is clear communication of procedures – the why and the how, clean workplaces, flexibility of both location and time for staff, and maintenance of social distancing.

nice-office-environment

ServiceMaster Clean provides exceptional commercial office and industrial cleaning in the North West.

To discuss your cleaning requirements with our experts, please get in touch.

Are landlords cleaning up?

Landlords have been feeling the impact of the coronavirus just like everyone else, and both tenants and property owners have had to navigate the last 18 months carefully. As we come out of lockdown and cautiously look ahead to what we all hope is a lessening of...

read more

Why use professionals for end of tenancy cleaning?

Whether the tenant or the landlord ends up organising the cleaning at the end of a tenancy agreement, there are good reasons for getting a professional company in. If tenants have been at a property for several years, there is a lot of stuff in the house which needs...

read more

How to help a safe return to the office.

Currently, many of us are combining working from home with a return to the office, or at least contemplating doing so. As this ambivalent situation looks likely to continue for some time, staying safe in the office needs to become part of the job. Though guidelines...

read more