Developing routine office cleaning and desk decluttering habits can improve your health, wellbeing, and productivity.
Adopting Daily Desk and Office Cleaning Habits are Good for Your Health
A clean and clutter-free office and workspace decreases stress and illness and increases wellbeing and productivity while reducing healthcare costs and issues associated with low workforce engagement.
While the concept of cleaning the entire office every day may seem daunting and undesirable, adopting and consistently applying several quick daily cleaning habits can significantly reduce the amount of time and labor necessary to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
Once the routine tasks become habitual, maintaining a healthy office or workspace should become a breeze.
The ‘trick’ is to:
- Establish and maintain consistency.
- Keep the tasks short and to the point, and;
- Emphasize the personal benefits of participation.
Daily Office Cleaning Habits to Adopt
Cleaning and tidying up your office on a daily basis ensures the tasks are relatively simple to complete.
There is no scrubbing or deep cleaning, but there is also no buildup of dirt and bacteria in commonly occupied or high traffic areas.
- Empty the Trashcans – The primary trashcans, typically placed in the kitchen and dining area, as well as the restroom, should be emptied daily and cleaned often. This is also the perfect time and place to implement an office-wide recycling program. Merely place a recycling bin next to to the main trashcans and offer workers a simple alternative to dispose of their waste.
- Dust – Dust around high-traffic areas, vents, and electronic equipment. Doing so will improve the indoor air quality of your office — a significant factor in occupant cognitive ability and health.
- Vacuum – Carpets, rugs, and walkway mats are designed to attract and hold dust, dirt, and other particles that can impact the professional appearance of your office, as well as the health of occupants. Use a HEPA filtered vacuum and vacuum your office’s high-traffic areas.
- Wipe Down – Wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters and sinks, as well as dining tables and chairs. This will reduce the buildup of germs and bacteria that can lead to poor health and foul odors, which has the same impact at work that it does at home.
- Storage – Relocate all boxes, files, papers, or other unused equipment to a warehouse to avoid clutter, potential tripping hazards, and the buildup of dust or cobwebs.
- Dishes – Office kitchens statistically are disgusting, especially the sink, so if your office has a kitchen, clean a load of dishes every day. This will prevent the buildup and spread of disease-causing germs and bacteria that can severely impact your business profits.
Daily Desk Cleaning Habits to Adopt
Cleaning and tidying up your desk on a daily basis ensures your workspace is clutter, dust, germ, and distraction free.
While it may seem like an onerous task, taking a few minutes per day to clean your desktop, mouse, and keyboard will do wonders for your health, job satisfaction, and overall wellbeing.
- Empty the Trashcan – Dump your trashcan in one of the primary receptacles, or tie off the bag and take it out to the dumpster with you at the end of the day. This is also the perfect place and opportunity for you to implement a personal recycling program.
- Dust – Dust on and around your desk in the morning before beginning any serious work. Make sure to get the lamp shades and covers, as well as books, shelves, and window sills. The first few times you do this, it will likely take quite a bit of time to finish. However, with consistent effort and intelligent time management, the task can be broken up into sections that will only take a few moments to complete throughout the day.
- Wipe Down – Wipe down your desktop, mouse, phone, keyboard, tablet, and cellphone with a certified green cleaning wipe every day. Try to avoid consuming meals at your desk, and take the opportunity to find a quiet place outside to enjoy your meal, as well as get some sunshine and fresh air. The change will do wonders for your health.
- Declutter – While it has been documented that a portion of the population benefits creatively from cluttered workspaces, for the vast majority of us, it is a drain on our attention and a stress-trigger. Ideally, go Spartan and reduce the clutter on and around your desk in a minimalist fashion, retaining only what is necessary to complete your work. This will also significantly reduce the amount of time required to clean and dust.
- Dishes – Dirty coffee cups, plates, and utensils are magnets for bacteria whose spores can negatively affect the health of everyone in the office. Make sure to empty, clean, and store dishes when you’re done using them. Adopting the habit of getting it done right away will make the task much more manageable.
References & Resources
- 8 Ways to Perfect Your Office Cleaning Routine
- The End-All Guide to Getting Out From Under Your Office Crap
- Creating a Nice Working Environment: Your Office’s Big Cleaning Day
- The ABC Method of Keeping Your Workspace Clean
- 5 Ways to Improve Clean Office Habits to Avoid Sickness
Implementing a daily office cleaning schedule and getting everyone on board can be difficult, but ultimately rewarding.
Set a long-term goal to purge as much surplus as possible to free up storage space for necessary equipment and supplies.
Invest in digital solutions to reduce paper consumption, waste, and storage.
Consider gamifying the process to encourage occupant participation, increase engagement, and create a sense of comradery amongst the staff.
Switch to green cleaning solutions and products, especially microfiber and a compact chemical management system to eliminate occupant exposure to harmful chemicals and simplify cleaning tasks.
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