“Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” the old saying goes. For business owners and operators, it might be more prudent to say that “cleanliness is next to profitability,” when you consider how important it is to keep an office environment clean. Office cleaning supplies are some of the most important purchases that can be made by companies that care about keeping their workplace healthy.
If you aren’t already paying close attention to the way that your office cleaning supplies are purchased and managed, you should be. These cleaning supplies are important because of how dramatic of an impact workplace illness can have on a company.
The High Cost Of Sickness
According to a report in Forbes from 2012, absenteeism in the workplace had a $576 billion negative impact on the United States economy. This number was reached from adding up the total costs of sick days, worker compensation and disability costs, and a phenomenon known as “presenteeism,” where employees show up for work but do not perform to the highest possible level because of illness or other health issues.
For companies of all sizes, this issue can be a serious one. Absenteeism can hurt a small business in particular; in a company with ten or fewer employees, just one or two workers missing an extended period of time can cause serious setbacks. Ironically, small companies can be especially prone to challenges with office cleaning, since they usually do not have an excessive amount of time or resources to devote to cleaning the office. Whether or not there are enough antibacterial wipes in the break room is probably not at the top of a busy small business owner’s thoughts. One of the best ways to combat this problem easily is by choosing the right source for business cleaning supplies.
The Importance of A Quality Cleaning Product Supplier
With the right cleaning supply provider, it will be easy to place a bulk or recurring order so that you always have all the supplies necessary to keep your office clean. The best suppliers offer low-cost options for high quality cleaning products, as well as ways of reducing the number of orders you have to place so that there is less paperwork for your company to deal with. They will also provide on-time delivery in a fashion that works for your needs.
The overall end result of picking an effective cleaning product supplier is that you will be able to spend less time and energy worrying about keeping your office clean, which in turn keeps your office healthier. Keep in mind that employee education is also especially important; you will need to be sure that your team members know where the supplies are and how to use them properly, which will let everyone in your office know how to react if something needs to be cleaned up right away. If you haven’t spent much time thinking about your office cleaning supplies, put some time and energy into this area of your business so that you can be certain your organization is not suffering from the negative impact of worker sickness.
About Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson is AFFLINK'S Vice President of Marketing and Communications. He has been with the organization since 2005 and provides strategic leadership for the entire supply chain team. In his free time, Michael enjoys working with the Wounded Warrior Project, fishing, and improving his cooking skills.