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Published on March 16th, 2015 | by admin

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Roll Up Those Sleeves And Get Busy For Spring Cleaning Week

If ever there was a time to have a good clean in both the home and office, National Spring Cleaning Week, which starts today, seems the ideal time!

Having a clear out and giving the work environment a thorough clean is not only essential from a hygiene angle, it can also help de-clutter our minds which can be especially important considering the potential implications when it comes to productivity levels.

As well the health risk posed by dirty and dusty offices which we discussed with the prevalence of deskgusting workstations, it is also important to keep corridors and fire exits free of junk and rubbish. Not only could these obstacles cause fires or accidents but they could also impede an evacuation during a fire drill or a real-life emergency situation.

What’s more, bearing in mind that the days are getting longer once again, clearing the books and papers stashed on the window sills can significantly improve the overall environment by letting in more natural light.

So with a whole host of compelling reasons to undertake that office spring clean, here’s some tips to actually rolling up those sleeves and getting started.

Firstly, set aside one specific day for the office spring clean this week. Ensure it is diarised by all members of staff as many hands make light work. Make participation mandatory if workloads allow. It is advisable to allow staff to wear casual clothes for obvious reasons so remember to communicate that normal work attire doesn’t apply.

Next, provide ample supplies required for undertaking an office cleanup operation. You’ll firstly need to ensure there is an ample quantity of cleaning sprays and wipes to hand and don’t forget that those hard to reach areas on top of cupboards that notoriously collect dust may require stepladders for ease of access.

Clean personal space first. Each employee should concentrate on tidying their own workstation. Loose paper no longer required should be recycled and documents should be stored in an orderly fashion using ring binders, suspension files, lever arch files and box files.

Store non-essential items. It is inevitable that there will be important documents and folders we want to keep for reference even though they are not necessarily required day to day. Where ever possible these should be kept in storage and archive boxes.

Then focus on communal areas. Designate teams to address clutter in the board room and meeting rooms before moving on to the break-out areas remembering to give the fridge, microwave and other kitchen appliances like the kettle and toaster a good clean as well.

Sprucing up the office from top to bottom can be hard, physically demanding work – so in order to keep energy levels up it’s a good idea to keep ample supplies of snacks and sweets to hand.

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