Stress in the City – a clean office environment can help

Principle Cleaning Services has long-standing experience of working in these environments, providing office cleaning services to some of the most iconic, most successful and busiest working environments in the capital.

In National Stress Awareness Month, the cleaning company, which provides high quality office cleaning to businesses in and around London, is encouraging companies to look at the factors that can contribute to workplace stress, to consider how providing a clean workplace for employees can contribute to a positive ambience, and to look at how a contract cleaning company can help.

President Trump recently boasted to the US press about having a messy desk. “Look at my desk. Papers. You don’t see presidents with that on their desk,” he told Fox News. According to Trump, many successful business people have messy desks.

But for many others in the workplace, the jury’s out on having mess all around them.

In 2015, a survey which asked over 1500 workers in 300 offices about the impact of clean or dirty offices on their efficiency and enthusiasm for their job revealed that, in offices where staff thought that their place of work cut corners on cleaning:

  • 72 per cent said their surroundings made them less productive
  • 25 per cent said they took time off sick because their working environment depressed them

According to psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter, mess bombards people’s minds with excessive stimuli, causing their senses to work overtime. It also draws their attention away from what their focus should be on, and sends a constant signal to their brain that their work is never done. This can all make employees feel anxious, helpless and overwhelmed.

An unkempt office can even lead to illness, with office furniture and equipment acting as a breeding ground for germs and bacteria – the average keyboard is dirtier than the average toilet seat, harbouring up to 7,500 bacteria at any one time. Dust, dirt and dust mites can also cause people’s allergies to flare and can even trigger asthma attacks. Clutter can also be a health and safety hazard, putting employees at greater risk of accident or injury.

Fortunately, unlike some other sources of stress in the workplace, clutter and dirt are easy stressors to remove. Recent research found that the majority of Brits (81 per cent) feel worried, overwhelmed or pressurised at work. ‘The Stress Report’ then asked what office environmental factors could help alleviate these issues. The top response, according to 35 per cent of people, was being in a tidy and clean workplace.

Principle Cleaning Services’ Managing Director Peter Smith explains how outsourcing the cleaning service to experts can help: “We are a sustainable contract cleaning company with more than 27 years’ experience in delivering high quality, innovative cleaning and associated services in the legal and professional and commercial sectors. We communicate with, and listen to, our clients to understand their needs and deliver a bespoke service. We allow them to focus on their key responsibilities and contribute to their staff’s sense of wellbeing by ensuring they feel comfortable and valued through  working in a clean, safe and pleasant environment.

In our experience, there are so many benefits of having a clean and tidy workplace. At the very least, employees might waste less time looking for things, meaning they can spend more time focusing on the task in hand. At best, employees can feel less stressed, enjoy better health and morale, and have a better overall impression of their workplace. Success all round!”

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