The physical and psychological effects of an unhygienic workplace can be debilitating for staff and visitors. The negative impact is gradual, but it is inevitable.
If you want clients to respect your business, and your staff to confidently approach their duties with high morale, you need to ensure your workplace is clean and hygienic. The psychological effects of an unhygienic and cluttered workspace can be debilitating for those required to inhabit the environment for the better part of their weekdays.
Studies have been conducted on how physical environments impact the mental wellbeing. It was discovered that there are several direct and indirect impacts on our psychological capabilities.
Various environments were studied and the workplace stood out significantly. Considering we spend majority of our lives at work, it is one of the most obvious spaces that would affect our psyche if not well-maintained or organized.
What we smell, see, hear, touch, and taste – has a variable impact on how we perceive our physical surroundings. Staff entering an unorganized and cluttered workplace feel like they are doing an obstacle course on a daily basis.
Entering an office or warehouse that is dusty, cluttered, leaves clients with a bad impression, and staff with no desire to make an effort. If they work in a junkyard, they are going to treat it like one. Avoid the perpetual problem of this kind of work environment, which can be extremely costly in the long-run.
A clean, working environment is positive in many ways. There are less injuries, less time taken off work, more positivity, a better impression with clients, less staff turnover, better productivity and turnover, and a major stress reduction for all concerned. Cleaning up at work is clearly less costly than the long-term psychological effects of an unclean workplace.
No client wants to deal with unhappy staff who put in little effort, and are half as productive as they could be. The mental impact of an unclean workplace may seem small on the outside, but can be extensive if this not immediately addressed.
Regardless of location or environment, stay one-step-head of your competitors by showcasing a workplace that any business owner would be proud of, and staff members enjoy being a part of.
This blog was written by Emily Ford. Emily is a Perth based writer with a passion for deconstructing difficult topics. She writes for numerous local publications and has a track record of being awesome . Connect with her on Google +
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Tips to make your place of business give off the right impression
The first impressions you give a customer or client will set the tone for your future business, and once a first impression is made it becomes very hard to change. For new customers, the most common first impression comes from either your web presence or your place of business. For this article, we’ll look at the more traditional side of first impressions in your office, storefront or place of business.
Appearance is king
They say to ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but much like showing up to a meeting properly groomed shows respect for your peers and your business; having a clean, organized and inviting environment shows your customers and your employees you respect them and organize your business in a professional manner. Follow these tips to make sure your business is as inviting to potential customers as possible.
Make Cleanliness a priority
Dirty windows, stained carpets or dusty surfaces all speak to a level of care that’s simply not there. If your business is sending a message to your customers that you don’t care enough about your environment, why would you care about their needs? Many businesses make sure they have a regular window cleaning, floor maintenance, and janitorial services to ensure the all the little details are being taken care of.
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1. Keep Your Distance
Sounds pretty basic, right? Stay away from sick people. Before paranoia sets in and you stop shaking everyone’s hands, though, keep in mind that a recent study revealed that those “silent spreaders,” or infected people who are not yet showing symptoms, are unlikely to make you sick. It’s the co-workers who are already coughing and sneezing that you’ll want to avoid.
Consider the heavily touched items in your office: fax machines, coffee pots, elevator buttons. Many bacteria and viruses can live on surfaces for hours—if not longer—so try to avoid contact with these hot spots. Grab the coffee pot with a tissue or hit the elevator button with your elbow. And if that’s not possible (or you just don’t want to make a scene while waiting on the 11th floor with your boss), just avoid touching your face afterward and wash your hands as soon as possible.
An entrance mat is the first line of defense in keeping dirt out of a facility. Additionally, it helps to reduce potential slip hazards in wet conditions. Ideally, matting should start outside of entrance doors and continue inside, allowing visitors to step three times with each foot on the mat. Get a mat that does not crush, that can store dirt and water for future removal, and that reduces the possibility of dirt being tracked into your facility. Remember that 80 percent of all dirt in a facility enters from people’s feet, and the cost of removing a pound of dirt once it is in a facility is between $500 and $700. The best way to reduce cleaning costs is to prevent dirt from entering a facility
In companies with a high standard of interior design, productivity can increase”
We’re all attracted to light, and there isn’t any other medium that has as big an influence on our bodies and minds as light. Both daylight and artificial light play a key role in our health and wellbeing. Increasingly, companies face the question of how they can improve staff wellbeing and create a dynamic, creative and motivating environment. The design of the office space plays a vital role, as evidenced by a study from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering. The research shows that in companies with a high standard of interior design, productivity can increase by up to 36 per cent. Who wouldn’t like to see their efficiency skyrocket? Additionally, comprehensive research from the Light Right Consortium, came to the conclusion that light increases productivity.
On average, North Americans sit about 8-9 hours a day, compare that to how much you sleep at night. Then calculate all the hours only to find a very unhealthy balance of physical activities. Try trading the traditional office chair for a standing desk. If you're not ready to stand for that long, try an ergonomic chair that requires you to sit with good posture.
Dry the liquid excess using an absorbent cloth or tissue. Make a solution of one tablespoon white vinegar, one tablespoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and two cups (473 milliliters) of warm water. Sponge any remaining stain alternately with a little rubbing alcohol and small amounts of warm water. Blot it dry after each time you wet it. Moisten the stained areas with three percent hydrogen peroxide. Let the hydrogen peroxide stand for about an hour. Blot and repeat as necessary. Pile a bunch of paper towels over the area when the stain is finally gone. Weigh down the paper towels with something heavy, like a stack of books. This will absorb all the moisture in about an hour.
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