33% of Your Day
If you work in an office with a normal, eight hour shift, that means you spend about a third of your day there, or half of your waking hours. That’s a lot of time spent in one location. What’s more, most of us don’t spend a full eight hours (awake at least) at home during a normal day. That means, like it or not, your office is very much a second home.
So . . . how’s the second home looking? Clean, cheerful, but a bit cluttered? Organized, gray, and dull? Out of sorts and a bit dingy? Not really sure? It’s okay, not all of us pay attention to this sort of thing. Take a minute and look around and the actual furnishings and colors around you – look at your office as a room and not a place where you work. What do you see?
The answer will depend on where you work, but given enough time and enough foot traffic, everyone will eventually be able to say, “I see a dirty office.” A bit of dust certainly won’t cause the business to come crashing down, but a dirty or disorganized office will hurt overall productivity. Think of it like a home. If you have a project at home you want to do, but can’t find the necessary tools and everything is a bit grimy, you either won’t be able to do the job, will be hindered while doing so, or just won’t want to anymore (messes are disheartening.)
The same is true of your office, if it looks distended and messy, it will affect you and everyone else’s attitude and performance. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about that – humans naturally just begin to reflect their surroundings. What you can do, though, is change the surroundings. Bring out a carpet cleaning company for a commercial carpet cleaning. Bring out professional cleaners to polish everything up and get the office back in shape. Schedule a day for everyone to organize their workplaces and office as a whole. Spend some time making your second home clean and organized and you’ll find it’s a better place to work at. Good Luck!