It finally feels like spring when the birds begin chirping, flowers blooming and the sun is out so our temperatures climb to appropriate levels.
It’s been pretty dreary with all the rain and wind, but now our thoughts are turning to that annual ritual known as Spring Cleaning. Did you know that spring cleaning isn’t just for the home? Your work space can benefit from it too!
There are a ton of reasons why it’s important to keep your work space clean and tidy, but here are the top four:
According to research, the average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. That’s why cleaning your desk on a regular basis, not just in the spring, is a good idea if you and your co-workers want to stay healthy.
Don’t have a desk? Non-office work-spaces can harbor germs as well, whether on the tools, the work space or in common eating areas. Even door handles or push plates can host a colony of germs just waiting to infect the next person who touches them.
Regular daily cleaning and periodic deep cleaning will keep those germs at bay.
A safe work environment requires a clean work environment. If a work area is messy or dirty, accidents can occur. This applies to individual work stations, tools and equipment as well as floors, aisles and storage areas.
Accidents can lead to injury, and even death – many of which are preventable.
For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that falling in the work place is often a result of slippery, cluttered or unstable walking or working surfaces.
They also found that the people most at risk of injury due to falls are those working in healthcare, building cleaning and maintenance, construction, and transportation or material moving.
People working in these fields should be especially careful to make sure the areas they’re in are clean and that any potential hazards are well-marked and then addressed.
A Harvard University study on tidy versus cluttered desks found that “messy untidy workplaces can undermine people’s motivation in completing tasks, therefore affecting productivity.”
Small Business Trends says that clean work environments provide increased focus, waste less time, and result in less stress – all things that impact productivity. Of course, more productivity leads to increased profitability, which is good for the workers and their companies.
So if you want to be more productive and less stressed, make sure you have a clean work space.
When starting a new job, you’re always thinking about looking your best.
But it’s not just for the new job. That impression you’re trying to create also extends to your work area. Having a neat, clutter-free, work space projects a professional appearance and inspires confidence in you and the work you are producing.
Think about it: if you were faced with someone who had a cluttered desk, empty coffee cups, dirty tools and maybe food crumbs, then someone whose area was neat, no dust, no papers or tools strewn about, which one would you pick?
"Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a dreaded list of chores. It can be a rewarding experience that helps provide some structure and organization in your life." -Peter Walsh
Keeping your work area clean really isn’t just a once-a-year activity though. For your health and safety, it really should be done on a consistent basis. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to tidy up at the end of the day, but the overall impact can be lasting.
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