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Boost Productivity by Keeping Things Clean

The Benefits of Clean Home and Shared Workspaces

More than ever before, clean workspaces are essential for maintaining a workforce that is motivated, productive, and willing to show up. Even in an age of flexible work and low workspace utilization, clean facilities are a must. A clean and streamlined home workspace can also help you make the most of your time. Read on for why and how you can make the most of your workspace.

Cleaning Offices and Shared Workspaces for Productivity

So much has changed about the world since the pandemic, some for the good and some for the bad. What has not changed is the need for clean, safe places for colleagues to gather and discuss important assignments and simply get to know each other. However, most people who can work from home do and most of those who can’t would like to.

For those businesses that do offer or insist on in-office days, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your space is clean, comfortable, and inviting. Many businesses are having trouble retaining staff if they insist on in-office time and these are exacerbated if the space is dirty or outdated.

If a corporation insists on in-office time, they are going to need a good professional cleaning service on speed dial. One that does more than empties the garbage cans once a week and vacuums occasionally. That sort of bottom-tier stuff is necessary, but it’s not going to keep employees coming back.

Cleaning Cents (shameless plug) offers professional, commercial cleaning services you can cater to your individual needs–whether you need a cleaning service every day or every month.

Lower turnover and higher worker retention means less time lost in the interviewing and onboarding process and higher productivity.

Keeping things clean also has productivity benefits beyond worker retention. Nobody does their best work when the place smells like microwaved fish or when there is mysterious sticky stuff in the carpet (and now on your shoe) or when Barb is sneezing on the break room fridge… again. They do their best work when the place shines. And the same rule applies for home workspaces, as well.

Cleaning Home Workspaces for Productivity

The home used to be your safe space, your castle. But, let’s face it, you barely ever saw it. Now, it’s daycare, office, entertainment center, school, and gym all in one, all the time. And, it’s just possible that you’re seeing too much of it. How can you get some zen back and your productivity up without going back to the head office (which, let’s face it, was never particularly zen or productive)? Easy. Follow these tips.

First up, and this is non-negotiable: keep things clean. For the majority of people, clutter is a distraction. Plus, obviously dirty spaces are a haven for pests, germs, bacteria, mold, and a whole host of other things you really don’t want in your house. So, keep things baseline clean. Here’s what we mean by “baseline clean.” Can there be toys out? Sure… just not piled feet high on your workspace. Can there be trash out? No. And, if you think you have no idea where to start on keeping things clean, you actually do know. Because you’re already here.

Second, work where you work best. The best thing about working a flexible job is its flexibility. Work wherever feels good to you in the moment. Got a dedicated workstation in the basement? Cool. Feel like the couch is more comfy? Head there. Feel like snuggling under blankets in bed… We recommend being off camera during meetings, but yeah. Where you feel best is where you will work best.

Lastly, use this opportunity to spruce up your space. Plants can keep the air fresher in your home and add pops of color. Time spent thinking about how to best place the furniture in your house to minimize obstructions and maximize space is time well spent. And, should you have the money for home renovations, upgrades like more efficient windows and appliances can save you money in the long run and improve the comfort (and therefore productivity) of your space.

Whether you work from home, from an office, or some combination of the two, a clean and inviting space is a productive space. Hopefully, with these tips, you can maximize the productivity of whatever space you work from.

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