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Unsanitary Offices Cost Employers Millions

Posted by Jason H. Kendall on 3/14/2017
Unsanitary Offices Cost Employers Millions

It’s hard to run a successful business in America today. Money is harder to make and even harder to keep. One of the most overlooked areas that business owners tend to constantly fail to appreciate is keeping their office or store clean and healthy by paying for a quality professional cleaning service. As a cost cutting measure many businesses will pay the least amount possible for their janitorial service or they will hire “in-house” cleaners by having an employee handle the cleaning with no extra incentive or training to do the job properly. An unclean office will only result in worker absenteeism that cost employers thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee. Check out the CDC statistics HERE.


Productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers


(or $1,685 per employee).

Source: CDC, International Monetary Fun



So why do employers constantly pay less for a quality janitorial service when the results are higher worker illness and absenteeism? Education and money for the most part. Many office managers and owners fail to understand the impact of not cleaning their offices properly. Call centers, meeting rooms, bathrooms, employee kitchens and break rooms, soda machines, copying machines, computers, telephones, door handles and the thousands of other areas are constantly being inundated with dirty hands, coughing fits, sweat, blood, urine, pollution and other germs that are unseen to the eye.

One of the worst culprits of underpaying for service most shockingly are medical offices. Many medical office managers clean ‘in-house’ and utilize a professional serviceonly  once or twice a week but little did they understand how damaging this was to their workers and patients. How does the office secretary know how to professional clean a medical office? Are they going to do the job necessary to keep that space free of germs, viruses and fungi? I found the answer to be overwhelmingly no and since these employees are paid mostly the bare minimum, they have zero incentive to do a quality job. The results are disastrous not only for their patients but also for their work staff.

While researching the subject of unclean medical offices, I came across an article produced by CNN that found that in 2015 alone over 500,000 Americans in various areas were infected with the bacteria known as C. difficile. The deadly bacteria C. difficile kills nearly 15,000 Americans each year and while it once was only found in hospitals these deadly organisms have now invaded your local medical office.

Many medical offices, along with other businesses, refuse to pay a reasonable rate for their cleaning service and as a result, their offices are quite unhealthy. Exam tables were not wiped down properly, medical equipment was full of grime while waiting room chairs and windows were full of dust. Most offices failed to utilize proper germicidal cleaners and disinfectants like Spartan PD-128 and Spartan CDC-10 that will kill most medical office germs, viruses and most fungi including HBV (Hepatitis B Virus), HIV-1 (AIDS Virus), Herpes simplex Type 2 and Influenza A3/Hong Kong viruses. Instead these offices were cleaned with common household cleaners that are not made to kill the micro-organisms lurking around. It’s a good practice to take a good long look around next time you visit your doctor and if you see dust on chairs and windows – RUN as this is a tale-tell sign that the office does not clean properly.

Now how is it possible that these doctor’s offices fail to protect their workers and patients from these potential deadly germs, viruses and fungi yet their sole job is to protect the health of these very same people? 

Unclean medical offices are just an example of how keeping an unhealthy and unclean workplace wastes money that hurts workers and customers while in turn reduces profit. It doesn’t take a business genius to grasp the concept that the money saved by paying less for proper cleaning is quickly wiped out by worker illness and absenteeism.

The next time you are planning to hire a janitorial service, remember that you will get what you pay for. If you don’t mind your workers having high rates of absenteeism, then go cheap but do know that your decision will only cost more money in the long run. One of the best ways to reduce business costs is by reducing worker costs. And this is only done by keeping a clean, healthy environment for your workforce. Your workers will not produce at their best if they are constantly sick. There is simply no other way around it.

Visit Burns Supply in Holly Hill Florida for all your professional cleaning needs. Our experts will point you in the right direction to help keep your medical office or any office clean. We take great pride in having the best and most knowledgeable staff in Volusia County.