How to keep a tidy office

How to keep a tidy office

How to keep a tidy office

There are many positives to be counted when you're weighing up whether or not it's time to have a bit of a spring clean around the office.

For a start, it's much easier for workers to concentrate when their surroundings are calm and serene, instead of looking like a tornado has swept through their desks. Also, if you have clients regularly visiting your premises for meetings, the last thing you want to do is give them the impression you are disorganised and don't care about how you present yourself.

However, the task of keeping an area clean naturally becomes more difficult the more people you have working there. It's not always as simple as putting everything back where you found it when it comes to maintaining a standard of tidiness.

With this in mind, here are a few tips to help stop office life from becoming unbearably messy.

Build it into the routine

If you encourage staff to regularly have a mini-cleaning session, it becomes a lot easier to keep on top of the problem.

It doesn't have to be every day - Monday mornings while everyone is still settling back into work mode after the weekend could work well. Obviously, you don't want it too close to any deadlines and be mindful some people might be resistant to this approach, as they don't see it as their job.

As for communal areas like the office kitchen, why not draw up a rota for tasks like emptying the dishwasher or just giving it a general tidy-around? Printing out a schedule and sticking it up on the wall can avoid arguments over whose turn it is.

Make it easy

Of course, staff won't be able to keep their working area clean if they have nowhere to put their rubbish!

Make sure there are sufficient recycling points for personnel to put their waste into and that they are close enough to their desks so they don't have to go out of their way to use them. Whilst encouraging cleanliness, reducing waste should be top of the list on a company’s green agenda, so all recyclable rubbish and electrical waste such as old computers and toners, can be sold and the revenue put into other initiatives such as charitable donations.

Other ways of making it easier for staff to keep their personal space neat include having paper trays on every desk and - where possible - putting up shelves to ensure documents, folders and belongings don't pile up too quickly.

Hire a cleaning company

Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is bring in the professionals. Aurora has teams of dedicated specialists operating across the City, London and the south-east to help businesses that require an expert's touch.

Our services can be tailored to your needs and cleanups can take place daily, weekly, monthly and even annually - so flexibility is certainly an advantage.

Emergency call-out and out-of-hours options are also available, and for those who are green-minded, all of the products and techniques used by our staff are environmentally friendly.

Posted by Jamie Kendell

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