A New Year brings with it new challenges and opportunities for every business. There might be pressures to trim costs, particularly in areas that some people within the business might feel are superfluous such as office and site cleaning. While it may look like an easy place to save money, it rarely makes sense to cut corners when it comes to commercial cleaning. Read on to find out why cutting corners when it comes to commercial cleaning can be costly.
Cleaning is at the heart of good health and safety
Health and safety, particularly in areas like the construction industry is no joke. Building site cleaning and a post-build clean up should be the first priority before the site is made commercially available. There are any number of hazards that can be left behind after the build is complete that can later be costly in terms of staff welfare and financial liability. Good project management within construction will always budget adequately for site cleaning.
A clean work environment supports good practices
Maintaining a clean environment for employees supports good health and increases productivity. In turn, this encourages employees to look after where they work and to maintain good practices like hand washing and food hygiene. Workplace illness costs UK businesses millions every year and therefore, it is important to maintain a hygienic and safe work environment to cut down on staff absences. In addition to this, in workplaces where cleanliness is seen as a low priority, staff may feel demoralised. A well maintained, healthy office is more appreciated and better cared for by the people who work there than one that isn’t.
Cheaper isn’t necessarily better
When asking for quotes from commercial cleaning companies always be as specific as possible about what it is you require. Is it a one-off clean or a regular service? What is included in the price? To budget successfully you need to ensure there are no nasty mid-year surprises around the corner. Always be upfront about problem areas and extra services you might require. Never assume a service is included if it isn’t clearly stated and never be afraid to ask the necessary questions. If you are attracted by a one-off offer that seems too good to be true, the likelihood is that it probably is and the service that you’ll receive will be of a lower standard.