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A Dirty Bathroom Can Make-Or-Break A Deal

A Dirty Bathroom Can Make-Or-Break A Deal

  “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” This is an old saying that packs a lot of truth into a few words.  Our psychological make-up means that we value the unspoken visual and emotive qualities of a person we are meeting for the first time.  We usually value these things more than their credentials or capacity for helping us, which is why this little quote has so much truth.  It is why most of our politicians are very good looking, why we can’t trust someone if they don’t give a good first impression, and why businesses need to keep a clean office space to impress prospective clients.   Office Organisation Is Key   In the world of business, one of the key’s to a successful first impression is organisation.  Organisation is all about the use of space to create order.  A properly organised office should run smoothly and have a lively atmosphere.  It is a hard thing to create and maintain but makes a big difference on first impressions.   A disorganised office, on the other hand, is pretty obvious.  Someone that walks into your office for the first time should not be overwhelmed by the amount of paper stacks on each desk, the lack of proper structure in the office environment, or the appearance that employees are not on task.  These are all negative first impressions that may decrease the likelihood of securing a new partner or client.   The Office Must Be Clean at All Times   More important than organisation is cleanliness.  A clean office will make a great first impression.  The most important part of a clean office is a clean bathroom, which is usually the dirtiest spot.  Just like how we make first impressions about people based on how they look or how they smell, people make assumptions about a business based on how clean their bathroom is.  The simple fact is that people equate bathroom cleanliness with the quality of service or general organisation.  Once this assumption has been made on a first impression it is very hard for it to change.     So What Does a Clean Bathroom Look Like?   The first feature of a clean bathroom is a clean floor.  A lot of floors might appear to be clean for regular users, but to an outsider, it appears dirty.  The best example of this...

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5 Features Of An Excellent Janitorial Service

5 Features Of An Excellent Janitorial Service

5 Features Of An Excellent Janitorial Service An office is a place of hard, focused work.  It’s an environment in which professionalism and proper conduct are vital to the success of the business, and an excellent janitorial service must be able to match this professionalism.   The Importance Of Office Professionalism The kind of professionalism that is required in an office is not only a performance based professionalism, in which getting work done on time and ensuring consistent communication with coworkers and collaborates throughout the process is important.  There is another kind of professionalism that makes a successful office tick, and it has to do with etiquette.  Office etiquette can mean a lot of specific things depending on the management style and type of industry, but in general, it means to show respect to others in the space and to remain focused on the task at hand. Etiquette Is An Important Feature Of Janitorial Service An excellent janitorial service takes office etiquette very seriously.  If a cleaning service is required during the day, a company should expect that the janitorial team remains discrete in their duties while also making themselves available to be called on for anything in particular.  The same goes for the night cleaning staff, who may find themselves working alongside some employees who are working late.  Consummate professionalism at all times is a must for janitorial services – but it is only one component of an excellent service.  Here are five features of an excellent janitorial service: Abide By The Schedule – Janitorial staff needs to be consistent in their schedule shifts.  This is partly the responsibility of the management team of the janitorial company in that they must make sure their stuff understand their schedule and their duties. Stick To Priority Areas – A cleaning staff that does not have focus is like a chicken running around with its head cut off.  As discussed above, an office space is all about professionalism, and this attitude applies whether it be during the day or overnight.  Cleaners need to know which areas are a priority and stick to that before expanding their reach. Always Dress In Uniform – This could be as simple as a shirt or a hat with the logo of the company.  It seems like a simple thing but helps a lot for day cleaning services who would otherwise blend into the building staff....

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How To Prevent Dust Build Up In The Office

How To Prevent Dust Build Up In The Office

How To Prevent Dust Build Up In The Office Dust.  It’s that ever-present element in a room that is always building up, always gaining momentum in the hardest to reach areas.  While dust in the home might be more manageable because rooms are smaller and can be dealt with separately, dust in the office is a whole other ballgame.  The Office Is Filled With Objects That Attract Dust The fact that there are so many static objects in one room is one thing.  Dust just loves static objects.  Add to that the fact that many offices A) don’t have great ventilation, and B) are always filled with many people.  Taken together, the average office space is an ideal environment for dust to build-up. The Impact Of Dust On Health We all know the impact that dust has on us.  For one thing, many people suffer from dust (or dust related) allergies.  The American Academy of Asthma and Immunology reports that approximately 30 percent of the population suffer from some kind of nasal allergen.  Sneezy and stuffed up sinuses are the main side-effects of dust allergies, conditions that make it terribly hard to be efficient at work.  Those who don’t suffer from dust related allergies are still effected by dust because poor ventilation means the air is thick and heavy in the office.  Not to mention the fact that it just makes the office seem dirty.  Nothing could more uninspiring than a dirty office. Here are some tips for how to prevent dust build-up in the average office space: Get an Air Purifier It’s important to get the best air purifier product on the market.  Luckily it’s easy to tell the best from the rest, because top quality air purifiers utilize HEPA filters to extract particles in the air that will become dust at some point.  HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and will be advertised on the product in-store. Don’t Invest in Air Fresheners In the short-term it might seem helpful to invest in air fresheners.  That would be a mistake, unless it’s an organic air freshener.  A lot of air fresheners on the market contain chemicals that actually break-down as dust.  The best example of this is limonene, a molecule that smells like orange which actually breaks down into secondary fragments that just hang in the air, looking for a place to rest.  The more natural light...

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How to Properly Care for Your Office Furniture

How to Properly Care for Your Office Furniture

Office furniture is a business investment that has the potential to see a company through many years. Workplace furniture must withstand a lot of wear and tear, and it requires care and maintenance to withstand the test of time. Once in place, the following care tips will help business owners to maximize the enjoyment of their office furniture and keep it looking great for years to come. Protect desks – Desk surfaces are exposed to a lot, and they are one of the first places where office furniture will show signs of use. Employers can ensure that their desks stay looking great by providing desk pads for their staff to use. Some employees prefer clear plastic protective covers keep desks free from scratches, while others make use of the space with a large calendar or desk blotter to act as a buffer between office items and the furniture’s finish. Heat from computers, pressure from writing, and general wear and tear can all take their toll on a hard-working desks surfaces. Employers may also wish to supply employees with an ample supply of coasters to use for both hot and cold drinks, so they don’t mark desks. Clean properly – Cleaning crews should treat desks, cabinets, bookcases, and meeting tables with the type of cleaning solution that’s best suited to the materials they are made of. Cleaners should use a mild solution for removing dirt and natural oils from the skin from laminate furniture while genuine wood furniture should be cleaned with a polish that’s formulated specifically for wood. Business owners should ensure that their janitorial staff uses the appropriate type of solution for the furniture that they own to help keep it in excellent condition. Shield from UV rays – The sun’s rays can quickly fade furniture in areas with large windows, so it’s a good idea to install a clear UV film to office windows to keep furnishings protected. Not only will UV film maintain the original color of office furniture by cutting down on fading, but it also helps to reduce glare and control heat, making it a worthwhile investment for any office space. Keep chairs in good condition – Office chairs should get a tune-up once or twice a year to ensure that they’re in good working order and that any repairs are made quickly to prevent further damage. To maintain an office chair, janitorial staff...

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Bacteria in the Workplace

Bacteria in the Workplace

Combating Bacteria in the Workplace No matter how organized or tidy a workplace appears to be, there is always an invisible layer of germs and bacteria that are present all around us. These bacteria exist on every surface, floors, walls, furniture, as well as in the air we breathe. Many of these bacteria can make us sick. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 80% of infections are spread through hand to hand contact with other people and through hand contact with contaminated surfaces. In an office or job site, many people share the same areas and handle the same equipment, making it easy to spread germs from person to person. The prevalence of bacteria means that cleanliness in the workplace is a top priority for businesses who want to keep their employees healthy and productive. Where Bacteria Lives in the Workplace  Germs are present on every surface in an office or at a job site, but the ones that are most concentrated are in shared spaces like the copy room or break room. Door handles, elevator buttons, refrigerator handles, copy and printing equipment, water fountains, and more, are all prime sources of bacteria that can easily be spread from person to person. Employee’s personal workspaces are also major sources of bacteria. Office phones, cell phones, computer keyboards, and desk surfaces are all areas that are covered in bacteria that can impact our health and wellbeing as well as the health of our co-workers. How to Tackle Workplace Bacteria   For individuals Everyone in the office or job site can do their part to keep their areas as clean as possible. Frequent handwashing is the most effective way for employees to prevent the spread of infections bacteria from person to person and helps to keep them free from disease. Using hand sanitizer at regular intervals and wiping down personal surfaces, like computer keyboards and phones, with antibacterial wipes are proactive measures that employers can encourage their employees to take to safeguard their health in the workplace. For employers Businesses are responsible for ensuring they are providing a clean and healthy environment for their employees. Business owners can do this by requesting that their office janitorial crew disinfect commonly shared surfaces as part of their regular workplace cleaning regime. Employers may wish to provide posters in break rooms, bathrooms, and other shared areas to educate...

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What’s in Your Carpet?

What’s in Your Carpet?

Do You Know What’s in Your Carpet? Why is everybody out sick today? That question often has no explanation. If something is going around at your office, however, it could be crawling up from the surface instead of buzzing through the air. Most people shutter at the thought of what living organisms reside in their carpets. While home carpets are bad enough, imagine what 50 staff members in a tight office can track in daily. It’s safe to assume that whatever is out there, is probably in here. Just How Bad Is It? Studies have shown that the average shoe can smuggle up to 8 million bacteria per square centimeter into an office building. That type of illegal immigration can add up to entire ecosystems threatening the health of your employees. Who are the main...

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