Have you ever heard the phrase that a clean home is a happy home? Well, I want to discuss that this phrase isn’t solely limited to homes but can be applied to an office as well. Chances are that there are many individuals at your office. What happens when there is a good size group of people in a somewhat small or confined space? Germs are spread. This is especially true in office settings that are more open and everyone is in cubicles. As someone who gets sick very easily, I tried to protect myself whenever possible when others were sick. Thankfully, I had an office, so that’s where I retreated and quarantined myself. Along with many individuals in an office, there are also different pieces of equipment that multiple people touch throughout the course of a day. Computers, phones, copy machines and fax machines are all popular items found in an office setting that may be communal. So how is a person supposed to stay healthy in this sort of environment?
One important step is to keep your office clean and tidy. If you are the boss of a company, take it upon yourself to be proactive about this. One option you have as a leader is to hire a janitorial service. This is a great way to regularly have the office space cleaned and sanitized. You can choose how often you want this to happen such as on a weekly or monthly basis depending upon what you feel the need is. Between the times that the janitorial service comes in to the office encourage your employees to take an interest in keeping the office clean as well. Make sure and place plenty of trash bins and recycle bins around for easy use. Encourage your employees to pick up trash that they find laying on the floor and keep the counters clean and free of clutter. Another simple idea is to have cleaning wipes available in the break room for anyone who wishes to wipe down their desk and computer. I know one job I worked at had cleaning wipes available and every week I did a clean of my cubicle space. Not only did that help to reduce the build up of dust, but it also helped to keep germs at bay and it made me personally feel better working in a clean environment.
One aspect of keeping your office clean and tidy that I want to capitalize on is making sure to tackle and maintain control of your desk. I know some of you just cringed when I said it. You are thinking of the massive piles on your desk and perhaps have even forgotten what the desk looks like since it has been covered up and messy for so long. Start by clearing off your desk. Make piles of different things that need to be kept and organized and throw away or shred everything else that is purely junk. Once your desk is cleared off, use some cleaner to wipe it down and them perhaps spray some anti-dust agent. Now when putting stuff back on your desk it should only contain items you use daily. Everything extra can be placed on a bookshelf, in a filing cabinet or somewhere else in your office. Follow these tips and stay better organized and focused in a clean office.