How to Know It’s Time to Outsource Your Office Cleaning
A neat and clean office is essential for a healthy and productive working environment. If your office is larger than a single room, you probably have at least one full-time or part-time cleaner to do all the sweeping, dusting, and disposing of trash. Janitors may not command high salaries, but it doesn’t mean having an in-house cleaning department is cheap. Besides salaries, you will have to pay benefits. You may even have to contribute to the staff’s health insurance, Social Security, and 401(K) plans. You also must provide the staff with space (a room of their own) and cleaning equipment and materials, which add to your overhead costs. When you consider all of this, it can be more advantageous to outsource your office cleaning to a commercial janitorial company like iNX.
But, how can you know it’s time to outsource your office cleaning?
1. Your office doesn’t look as clean as it used to be
Your office used to be spotlessly clean. It used to feel good just to step into your office and inhale the air. But, now you are noticing dust on the floor, stains on the tables and chairs, grime on the walls, and litter in the corners. You wonder what’s happening. It could be the cleaners are becoming lazy and not doing their job properly. Or, it could be because the number of visitors has grown so much there are just enough manpower and cleaning materials to keep pace with the rate at which the office becomes dirty. Whatever the reason, if you are beginning to feel your office doesn’t look as clean as it used to, then it may be time to think about outsourcing your office cleaning to iNX Building Maintenance Solutions.
2. Your cleaning expenses are going through the roof
Cleaning an office doesn’t come cheap. Besides the salaries of the cleaners, you need money for cleaning equipment and materials, such as a vacuum cleaner, broom, plastic bucket, mops, cleaning cloth, chlorine bleach, paper towels, sponge, furniture polish, hydrogen peroxide, floor cleaner, hard brush, toilet brush, trash bags, rubber gloves, dust towels, newspaper filters, coffee filters, cleaning polish and powders, cleaning towels, Brillo pads, glass cleaner, wood polish, mold and mildew cleaner, air freshener, and disinfectants. Some of the materials need to be disposed of after use. Others don’t last more than a week or two. The more foot traffic your office gets, the more it needs to be cleaned. You may soon find your purchases of cleaning equipment and materials exceeding your monthly budget. If that is happening, then it is time to think about outsourcing your office cleaning.
3. Your employees are not cleaning up properly
You would expect your employees to keep their workspace neat, clean, and tidy. Some are very particular about cleanliness and tidiness, and they are happy to do clean up whenever they have some free time. But, they are usually in the minority. Most employees do not take the time to clean up. They do not think it’s their job. They do not think they should be expected to clean up. Often, they simply ignore the dust, grime, and litter around them – on the tables, computers, and floors. At the end of the day, they are usually in a hurry to go home and leave without cleaning up.
Even if you make it a rule for everyone to clean up before going home, you can hardly expect them to do a good job because they are not professionally trained for cleaning. Your in-house cleaner may not have the training to clean computers, keyboards, printers, and other equipment. If you find your employees are not happy to clean up, then it’s time to think about outsourcing your office cleaning to iNX.
4. People start commenting about lack of cleanliness
People are quick to notice grime on the table, dust on the computer, stains on the carpet and walls, and litter on the floor. If something is giving off an odor, they are likely to notice that even faster. When your office lacks the standard of hygiene and cleanliness expected, people are bound to make comments. Some may tell you politely that your office could use some cleaning while others may gossip behind your back. Some people may be too polite to say anything to you, but you can tell from their eyes and the expression on their faces. They may be your visitors or your employees. When people start commenting on the lack of cleanliness in your office, then it’s a sure sign you should think about outsourcing your office cleaning to a commercial janitorial company such as iNX.
5. Customer traffic decreases steadily and inexplicably
Customers have keen eyes and noses. When it comes to the cleanliness of an office, the first impression is usually the last. The moment customers enter your office, they will make a mental note of its cleanliness — often without becoming aware of it. If it’s spotlessly clean, they will associate it with quality, professionalism, and success. If it’s dirty and untidy, they will associate it with unprofessionalism, delays, and failure. Consciously or unconsciously, they will make an effort to avoid dirty and smelly places. As a result, customer traffic will decrease gradually and inexplicably. If that is happening and no one can explain why then it’s a sign that something must be done.
6. There is a need to streamline your budget
If you are not meeting your sales target, then you may need to streamline your budget. This means minimizing or cutting the costs that are not associated with your core business. With salaries and benefits of cleaners along with the costs of cleaning equipment and materials, in-house cleaning can eat a sizable chunk of your budget. You can decrease the cleaning costs by outsourcing the job to iNX Building Maintenance Solutions, Inc. If you make a contract for only one or two hours of cleaning per day, you can significantly decrease your cleaning costs. If you also include building maintenance in the contract, it can significantly reduce your building maintenance costs.