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Research Shows Relationship Between Clean Offices, Employee Health and Productivity

Many of us spend a significant part of our days working in offices or visiting other commercial buildings. With a large number of people continually trekking in and out of these spaces, dirt is bound to build up. Grime on shoes becomes embedded on floors and carpets while sticky hands make shared telephones and desks in need of serious sanitation.

In fact, one study has identified a strong connection between the work environment and employees’ health. Another has pinpointed the relationship between cleanliness and productivity in these commercial spaces. Here are some of the findings.

Relationship Between Work Environment and Employees’ Health

In “The Work Environment and Workers’ Health in Four Large Office Buildings,”

a 1-year study examined the associations between environmental factors and office workers’ health. Every 6 weeks, 98 participants responded to detailed questions related to office cleanliness and perceptions of these spaces.

The findings showed associations among the following:

  • Eye irritation and floor dust

  • Nonspecific symptoms and unidentified chair fungi

  • Self-reported conditions including asthma, more people in offices, lack of office cleanliness and low job satisfaction

  • Upper respiratory symptoms, chair dust, more people in offices, lack of office cleanliness and jobs frequently requiring hard work

As a result, the study stressed the importance of maintaining a clean, uncrowded workspace.

Building-Related Symptoms as Indicator of Health and Productivity

Other studies have provided important evidence about the importance of cleanliness in offices. This research has revealed the way that nonspecific building-related symptoms (BRS) have been linked to occupational and environmental health issues. BRS generally refers to the following symptoms:

  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Other discomfort

As a result of these problems, many workers experience a loss in productivity and work time. Specifically, “Prevalence of Building-Related Symptoms as an Indicator of Health and Productivity” noted:

  • Employees who report more BRS also have an increased number of absences, which relate to indoor environment quality (IEQ).

  • Their productivity is lower than those who have better IEQ in their offices.

When symptoms improved, workers’ productivity also increased. When problems such as eye irritation eased up, they were also absent from work less frequently.

Office Cleaning in Northwest Arkansas to Protect Workers’ Health

These studies clearly point to the importance of maintaining clean offices to bolster workers’ health and productivity. If you need reliable office cleaning in Northwest Arkansas three to five times a week, you can depend on Absolute Janitorial Services. Our licensed, bonded and insured team members handle:

  • Carpet shampooing and vacuuming

  • Stripping, waxing and buffing floors

  • Cleaning interior of windows

  • Removing trash

  • Sweeping and mopping hardwood floors

  • Cleaning and sanitizing the restroom

Besides providing janitorial services in offices, we also offer professional cleaning services at many other commercial locations including:

  • Retail stores

  • Churches

  • Restaurants

  • Construction sites

Would you like more information about Absolute Janitorial Services, so you can maintain a clean office or other commercial building? Contact us now!