March 22, 2021
How Clean Offices Promote Productivity and Mood
Working efficiently requires a unique balance of business practices. Processes and communication are some of the most obvious areas of concern, but there is one that affects every part of your work, your environment. A cluttered room is a cluttered mind and its easy to see why. If you’ve worked from home and you’ve found yourself distracted or anxious while working in a messy space then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
This feeling is backed up by leading research with studies finding that “A chronically cluttered home environment can lead to a constant low-grade fight or flight response, taxing our resources designed for survival.” This feeling can also affect office space and it’s key to ensure you have your cleaning practices optimised as more and more people become reacquainted with office and commercial settings. We’re going to take a look at a few ways a clean environment can improve productivity and mood.
Reduce Sick Days and Lost Time
Sick days are a huge threat to employees as well as a significant drain on productivity and the NHS. According to the ONS, in 2018 alone, the UK lost 141.4 million working days due to sickness, stress or injury. This equated to 4.4 days per employee.
Germs and illnesses are spread through contaminated surfaces and a dirty workspace can become a hotbed for bacteria and viruses. By ensuring your surfaces and spaces are 4D clean, you can reduce the spread of illness and the number of days your team is off sick per year.
Reduce Stress and Improve Mood
Mental health is just as important as physical health. The ONS survey in 2018 found that the top four reasons for sick leave were;
“…minor illnesses (including coughs and colds), musculoskeletal problems (including back pain and neck and upper limb problems), “other” conditions (including accidents, poisonings and diabetes), and mental health conditions (including stress, depression and anxiety).”
Stress is a major factor in a wide range of illnesses and conditions. As stated above, cramped, cluttered and untidy spaces can hugely impact your team’s mental health and add undue pressure to a busy workday. Optimising your cleaning practices as well as reducing the clutter in your workspace can go a long way to helping you reduce stress and improve mood with bright, clean spaces that your team are happy to work in.
Strengthen Morale and Focus
With the average workday being 8 hours, we spend a large portion of the week at work. These hours can feel long, especially in a place you are not comfortable, happy, or proud of. By decluttering your office and practising modern cleaning techniques that keep spaces light, bright, and fresh, you can improve your team’s focus and give them a space to be proud to work in.
With fewer distractions and a more focused working space, your team will also benefit from increased creativity. A large bright office that allows for collaboration is a great place to work. Especially in creative spaces like open-plan offices and spaces with hot-desking; clutter can be a real concern. Keeping these places clean and tidy with Pura 4D’s services and products is the only way to maximise creativity without risking employee health or building up clutter.
Our cleaning audits, leading products, and advanced systems are all you need to keep your office clean, tidy and inspiring. For more information on Pura4D or to get an in-depth cleaning audit contact us today