Orig. Post July 8, 2015 by Newsnish | Re-Post July 15, 2015
According to a new survey by staffing firm Adecco, a majority of workers (57%) admit to judging a coworker based on the cleanliness of their workspace and nearly half say they have been “appalled” by a dirty office. Don’t let the clutter obscure your capabilities. Organization experts offer 10 easy tricks to spring clean your office and keep it tidy.
In a recent survey it was found that carpets can hold up to 1 kilogram of dirt per square metre. Regular vacuuming keeps carpets looking clean, but it is advisable to get your office carpets cleaned professionally every few months. Summer is a perfect time to have your carpets professionally cleaned as the warm weather helps the carpets to dry faster. Therefore minimal disruption to your business day is experienced.
Summer time in South Africa brings with it thunderstorms, particularly in Johannesburg. This frequent afternoon rain results in dirty windows and keeping your office windows clean can be difficult, particularly for high rise offices. Hiring a professional window cleaning service company will keep your office windows looking sparkling and clean. The window cleaning company will clean both the inside and outside of your office windows and has the equipment, knowledge and skills to clean effectively and safely.
Pollen, dust and other allergens settle easily on flat surfaces and cause issues like hay fever. To eliminate this, ensure that you frequently wipe your desk and other surfaces with cleaning disinfectant. Keeping your office desk de-cluttered will also help to add to the clean office environment.
Divide Your Workspace Into Zones
Organization expert Peter Walsh suggests that every professional first ask themselves, What do I want from my office space, and is it meeting my needs? After establishing how you want and need to use the space, set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
Keep Only What You Need At Arm’s Length
“The only stuff in the radius of your arms should be the stuff you need immediately,” says Walsh. Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Instead, rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. For most, that means a monitor and keyboard, telephone, two pens, one notebook, a lamp and one family photograph in your most-used workspace. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.