A Modest Investment in a Cleaner Workplace Produces Substantial Returns
Sick Employees are Costing You Money
Employee sick days have real consequences in lost revenue. In the United States, 7.7 sick days per employee per year cost a whopping $225.8 billion per year.
That comes to a 54% decrease in productivity and output, and a 39% drop in sales and customer service. If you have employees, some portion of those numbers is impacting your business.
Comprehensive facility cleaning can significantly reduce the cost of employee sick days. By reducing germs, bacteria, and the spread of viruses and the contagious illnesses they spread, you can mitigate the cost of employee illness. For example, cold and flu symptoms result in an overall loss in performance by 3 to 8%. Dust exposure affects workers’ cognitive skills by 2 to 6%.
You can easily see how stringent cleaning protocols will lessen sick days and decrease the workplace problems caused by unplanned absences.
How Does Clean Equal Green?
Clean facilities equal green – not only environmentally greener work places, but more economically productive workplaces.
Professional cleaning results in:
- 80% reduced probability of catching the common cold and influenza
- 62% of surfaces contaminated with viruses reduced
- 46% reduced absenteeism
Doesn’t apply to your business? Take a look at this list of common surfaces with high levels of contamination:
- Computer mice
- Desk phones
- Break room sink faucet handles
- Microwave door handles
- Refrigerator door handles
- Water fountain buttons and taps
- Vending machine buttons
The list goes on and on. You can probably add a few high-touch, high contamination surfaces to the checklist of items that need extra attention during routine cleaning.
Professional Cleaning Has Very Real and Measurable Value
The stats don’t lie. A simple 2-8% productivity gain in a 100-associate office with an average annual salary of $25,000 would equate to $125,000 in savings.
Another point: customers prefer cleanliness.
Customer satisfaction surveys ranking value, speed, convenience, cleanliness, and variety, show cleanliness as the top satisfaction factor. Over 6 in 10 QSR customers agree that if a fast-food restaurant is clean, they go there more often.
Cleanliness also outranks lighting, temperature, quietness, music, and special events when clients are deciding where to shop. Sixty percent of customers said a store’s environment encouraged them to buy more, too.
You probably are not surprised the 94% of people would avoid a business in the future if they encountered dirty restrooms.
The takeaway? Clean facilities are not just a cost: they generate revenue.
Improve Your Bottom Line
You may not have looked there before, but adding or increasing the budget for professional cleaning, or a focused cleaning consultation with positively impact your bottom line.
A clean facility is a win-win, for you, your employees, and your clients.