3 Reasons You Shouldn't Have Employees Clean

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/26/2022 - 08:00
frowning female employee wearing rubber cleaning gloves


Having a clean and orderly office is one of the most important components of your business and improves your ability to grow your customer base. A neat and put together office environment is inviting and your clients will be more likely to do business there. Often business owners will enlist their employees to help take care of the cleaning tasks in the office instead of hiring a local, professional cleaning company. Here are a few reasons why they should rethink this:

1. Employee Productivity Will Drop

This may go beyond a typical, bad employee "not my job" attitude. Asking your productive sales team, service professionals, or other representatives to clean the bathroom or mop a floor can impact how they feel about their job.

Like it, or not, janitorial tasks are not glamorous, and most employees feel slighted when given such tasks. They also tend to struggle to be productive if they are constantly being asked to do things besides their actual job. Plus, your employee's time is undoubtedly valuable, so it makes little sense to take them away from growing your business.  Avoid bad feelings and let the professionals take care of things for you.

2. Your Office Won't be Properly Sanitized

Chances are you hired your expert sales staff for their ability to close a deal, not their ability to scrub a toilet. If you delegate your janitorial needs to your employees you might notice a poor result from their cleaning skills. A professional cleaner knows what needs to be done and how to do it properly. And these days, cleaning goes beyond just looks--your staff and customers expect that you're taking precautions to avoid the spread of germs. 

Commercial cleaners have the products and tools to get the job done for both sanitation and a clean-looking office. Your employees aren't cleaners, and you shouldn't expect them to do it, let alone do it as well as professional cleaners. Don't ask non-custodial employees to do custodial work, plain and simple. 

3. You'll See Decreased Customer Satisfaction

Imagine your clients are coming in for a proposal or signing a deal, and your garbage's are overflowing, and the floor is still covered in last week's gunk. Not having a clean office can communicate unintended messages to your current and potential customers--it might say, I don't care enough about your health or ours to ensure the place is sanitized. It might tell them that you're too cheap or money is tight, meaning going into business with you might be risky. 

Perhaps not every client will make judgements about your company based on your office's cleanliness, but why take that risk? It's simple and affordable enough to hire a professional cleaner to take care of things, and while customers might not notice if your office is clean, they'll definitely notice if it isn't. 

Some may think that asking your employees to clean the office is a savvy way to save money or a way to build your employee's belief in the brand, but that is simply not true or effective. Instead of risking these potential negatives, hire a professional commercial cleaning company today.