Clean Facilities Boost Productivity

by Lawton Brothers | Feb 07, 2019

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Employee productivity is a key metric for any successful business. Many companies will invest heavily in new technologies, machinery, and company floorspace. While a modern and well-designed place of business is effective it is important not to overlook daily tasks and how this relates to overall efficiency and employee happiness. A clean facility is heavily valued by employees and in many cases is more important to them than the latest technological advancements. Here is a brief overview of a survey which reflects employee opinions on company cleanliness and its importance to their daily work.    

Clean Facilities Boost Employee Productivity

Having clean facilities is greatly valued by employees in the manufacturing industry. A survey taken in November 2018 showed that alongside company efficiency, which 96% of those surveyed viewed as increasing overall job satisfaction, cleanliness was a close second at 94%. Employees’ overall job happiness and their productivity are also closely related. Workers value a clean and orderly business and this not only makes them better workers but also happier ones.   

  • Increases Morale: employee morale is critical in overall company performance. Employees greatly value a well run and clean organization and such efficiency outranks even having the latest technology in terms of importance to employees. The above-noted survey rated the latest technology as having an importance of 87% versus cleanliness scoring 94%.

  • Day To Day Tasks: manufacturing as an industry is one with many rules and regulations. In addition to meeting local and federal compliance, a clean working environment also increases productivity and overall morale. A clean organization is a well-run one that is detail focused and daily activities can be performed consistently and without any unforeseen setbacks due to a lack of oversight.  

  • Helps In Daily Work: simple cleaning tools help employees perform their day to day activities and increases efficiency. 87% of those surveyed noted that even basic wiping and cleaning tools helped them perform their daily activities.

  • Other Figures: when surveyed workers (9 out of 10) believed easy access to cleaning products increased their productivity and happiness. 94% of employees surveyed felt that a clean and healthy workplace improve their overall happiness with 54% of those agreeing to this agreeing strongly. 67% of respondents noted they used rags for cleanup this unhygienic and not nearly as efficient as disposable cleaning materials. Finally, 60% of workers surveyed felt that a clean environment increased their productivity while 93% felt it directly impacted their happiness.     

As these figures illustrate a clean environment creates a more productive and unified business. This increase in productivity is also boosted by an increase in employee morale. It is important to note that good morale and high productivity figures often go hand in hand and high morale is often reflected in quality work. A hygienic workplace is an efficient one that also engages workers. The investment in cleanliness and upkeep is an important one that pays off in both respectability, happy employees, and a well-run workplace.   

Green Cleaning

Green technologies have become important in several different industries in matters of production, products, and business applications. Green cleaning has become a part of hygienic practices and industrial cleaning activities. Some factors that define a cleaning process as Green (which can be used in manufacturing environments) include the following practices:   

  • Proper Application: many cleaning activities have bad practices that limit overall effectiveness and hygiene. This can be something as simple as overusing cleaning cloths and not switching to new ones which can spread germs. A green approach values proper methodology and the use of cleaning materials.   

  • Not Overusing Chemicals: green cleaning also considers the chemicals being used. Many cleaning chemicals are quite strong and increasing their use does not improve effectiveness. Often this is wasteful and can cause chemical overexposure as well.

  • Taking The Proper Amount Of Time: many cleaning products have to be given time to ‘set’ and disinfect a surface area. A green cleaning method keeps this in mind and allows cleaning materials the proper amount of time needed to work.   

  • Scheduling And Training: cleaning methods should be properly explained with employee training and cleaning should follow a precise schedule and performed when outlined (i.e. spills should not be ignored).

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