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Survey shows a correlation between a clean office and higher productivity
As flu season approaches, it may be time to break out those cleaning supplies, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser. But keeping a clean workspace may not just be good for your health. According to a recent customer survey by Staples Advantage Canada, the business-to-business division of Staples, maintaining a clean and tidy workspace increases productivity.
A resounding 94% of the customers polled said they feel more productive in a clean workspace, with 77% stating they produce higher quality work in a clean and organized environment.
In addition to being more productive, 60% felt that better implementation of health and wellness guidelines would decrease illness at work. Of the customers polled, 45% admitted to going into the office when sick, thereby spreading their germs throughout the workspace.
While 95%of respondents felt they maintained good hygiene and a clean office environment, only 37% admitted to cleaning their personal workspace daily. One in three respondents said having more cleaning supplies readily available would help maintain good health at the office.
Recent research from Kimberly-Clark Professional echoes the argument, finding that hygiene wellness programmes are said to reduce an employee's chance of catching a virus by as much as 80% in an office of roughly 80 employees. Further to that point, the best method to battle bacteria and illness is to encourage employees to use hand sanitisers and disinfectant wipes on germ hot spots such as desks, doorknobs, photocopying machines, break rooms, and restrooms.
Staples Advantage is taking this customer feedback to heart. To ensure customers stay healthy and productive this season, this leading supplier of office products in Canada has committed to donating $1 for every order placed throughout the month of October that contains at least one item from the company's October wellness flyer to the charity Cleaning for a Reason. This non-profit organisation offers free house cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment, lightening the load for themselves and their families. All of the brands featured in the flyer have also pledged to make donations to the charity. Together, they hope to donate up to $25,000 for this worthy cause.
24th October 2013