Whether you own a shop, restaurant or warehouse, every workplace needs to be hygienic, not just for the benefit of creating a good impression, but also for the health and safety sake of staff, customers and visitors. Workplace environment can have a huge impact on your employees’ satisfaction at work. Happy workers are more productive and motivated. They won’t consider changing jobs and remain loyal to the company when treated well.

A workplace poor in hygiene can create a very bad impression among clients and suppliers. If clients see an office, shop or restaurant that is below par on the cleanliness front, how can they trust you with their business? They will immediately take their business elsewhere.

Remember that a dirty, cluttered shop, warehouse or restaurant invites the chance of accidents happening. It leads to negative employee attitude. The staff that are put off by their environment will pay less attention to small details when performing important tasks.

We all know that time has the power to slip away from us, but we can’t allow our busy lives to get in the way of how we run our business. So, we have come up with six very important rules guaranteed to maintain a clean and tidy workplace.

  • Supply Plenty Of Within Reach Waste And Recycling BinsShops and warehouses are associated with lots of waste such as cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and paper. These must be properly disposed of to prevent them from accumulating and leaving a mess and safety hazards. Make sure you place plenty of garbage and recycling bins throughout the workplace and encourage staff to dispose properly of waste. Make sure you empty bins so they do not overflow.

    Bins placed too far away from employee stations means staff have to walk long distances. It is a waste of their time and your money. Garbage cans are inexpensive. By placing them throughout the workplace you are encouraging staff to keep their areas clean and tidy.
  • Create Regular Cleaning ScheduleAgain, an inexpensive method is implementing a cleaning plan. It makes sense to keep a facility clean as you go about the day rather than doing a massive clean, which will easily become dirty once complete. Put in place a plan for cleaning tasks based on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly rotation. Execute a document and calendar itemising these tasks. You could include floors to be swept daily, and checks for spills, damage and other problems. Racks could be scheduled for dusting and cleaning on a fortnightly or monthly basis. Critical, high traffic areas such as workspaces would require a daily procedure put in place to ensure a clean appearance and safe operation.

    Perhaps place employees on a ‘clean-up’ duty roster. It is important customer messes are dealt with as soon as they happen. Depending on the size of your shop or restaurant you might delegate one employee to spot-check and clean areas where customers go.
  • Focus On The FloorsIt is common knowledge that people look at the floors first when judging the cleanliness of a workplace. Make sure you regularly check for any messes throughout the day. Vacuum carpets regularly to keep them free from dust and debris.
    If you own a restaurant make sure you mop floors regularly because grime and bacteria can quickly build up causing slips and accidents. Consider using a commercial floor cleaner to remove spills and stains with high-pressure cleaning.

    It might seem like a basic move but placing mats in restaurants plays an important role. Consider investing in quality mats to prevent staff from slipping and dirt from the outside getting inside the restaurant.
  • Maintain Restrooms Throughout The DayIf you don’t monitor the restrooms regularly, one messy customer could ruin the experience for other patrons. Check bathrooms regularly to make sure toilets, sinks and floors are clean, and that there is an adequate supply of toilet paper, soap and paper towels. Organising a roster for inspections throughout the day will ensure restrooms are tended to consistently and that you keep on top of the mess without the need for extensive cleaning. Putting up a sign for customers to report unsanitary areas will help your cause too.

    Installing air purifiers will keep your restrooms and workplace smelling fresh all day. While bad odours aren’t a health risk they do affect the way people perceive your business.
  • Keep Kitchen SpotlessIf you are running a food business, be sure to keep your kitchen clean at all times. Implement policies and draw up daily checklists for employees to follow. Purchase disinfectant and other cleaning products and create a schedule for cleaning out equipment regularly.

    Make sure all staff are aware of the HACCP food safety management system principles to ensure food is prepared and cooked insanitary areas, preventing the growth and spread of bacteria.
  • Clean High Traffic AreasBrace yourself for the busy season and an influx of customers. With this comes the higher risk of germs spreading, putting you and your customers at danger of infection. So, keeping those high traffic areas clean at all times is important. Regularly check cabinets, cash registers, the storefront and changing rooms. Instruct staff to wipe down benches, registers and windows throughout the day. Encourage them to pick up rubbish, mop up spills and tidy areas. This will not only improve customer experience but prevent people from potentially hurting themselves.

Your workplace environment creates a subtle but compelling impression on customers. So, improve your business’s safety and hygiene now with these six tips.