Research revealed that £4.2 billion is lost by businesses due to employees’ sick leave or having an illness that directly affects the amount of work an employee can complete during the working day.
A further £9.5 billion was lost due to the time wasted as a result of poor hygiene in the office. This could be something as simple as washing up dirty dishes from lunchtime or even something as small as having to travel further to find a suitable washroom in the building if the one nearest to a staff member’s desk aren’t up to scratch.
“With statistics showing that an employee’s work rate can be directly affected by a dirty office, there is clear evidence to suggest that the commercial cleaning industry is one that is here to stay. Employers investing in a professional cleaning company save themselves a huge amount of money and it’s really a no-brainer to avoid wasted time with employees off sick or cleaning up the office. At Total Clean, our franchise partners are taking advantage of this lucrative and growing market and building profitable and sustainable businesses,” explains Carlos Garcia, Group Managing Director at Total Clean.
It’s no wonder the cleaning industry had an estimated turnover of £4.7 billion in 2011. The specialised cleaning market in particular has grown by around 44% and has shown strong and sustained growth.
With so many dirty offices and so much time and money lost as a result of poor hygiene in the office environment, employers around the UK are bringing in the help of professional cleaning contractors. Cleaning is a growing industry and has become an extremely important sector in the UK economy because it employs so many people, in fact 400,000 people are employed in the private sector according to the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA) and a franchise partner with Total Clean can employ anywhere from 1 to in excess of 100 cleaning operatives.
The survey by the CEBR provides some great insights into the effects that good office cleaning habits have on staff happiness and job satisfaction. Something for all office manager to consider next time they’re budgeting for contract cleaners is that the average UK office worker would be willing to sacrifice £130 per annum to ensure their offices are maintained to a higher hygiene standard.