As a business leader dealing with the health and safety concerns associated with COVID-19, it is better to be over-cautious than not cautious enough. At ServiceMaster, we want you, your employees, and your customers/visitors to be safe and healthy. We are doing everything we can to ensure that businesses are able to get back up and running as quickly as possible in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also fighting germs that can be very harmful to some people in our community.
It’s worth noting, though, that more than just the health and safety of those in your building is at risk. Employee absences and more can actually affect your bottom line. Let’s break it down.
By the Numbers
Dirty and contaminated work environments are more than bad business, they are bad for business. The savings from maintaining a clean and safe work environment are monumental — and not just for your employees’ wellbeing.
Employee sick days can really start to add up when you’re looking at costs: 7.7 sick days per employee per year can add up to $225,800,000,000 per year. That’s a lot of zeroes. An employee is more likely to catch a cold, or some other virus, in an unclean environment, and it’s your business that ends up paying for their absence.
Moreover, an unexplained absence can also cause disruptions to productivity among those still in the office. It affects employees more than you would think. The stress of a coworker not showing up to the office can cause a 54% decrease in productivity and output and a 39% drop in sales and customer service.
On a similar note, working while symptomatic or exposed to dust also has an impact on an employee’s productivity. If you’ve ever tried to get work done with a sinus pressure headache, you understand. Cold and flu symptoms contribute to an overall loss in performance by 3-8% and exposure to dust can affect workers’ cognitive skills by 2-6%. Not to mention the time it takes to sneeze and blow your nose every five minutes.
Why Clean Matters
We just took a look at how sick employees can end up costing your business valuable time and money, now let’s flip that around. What does a clean work environment really mean for you?
We can actually put a monetary value on the increased productivity of a clean and healthy workspace. A 2-8% productivity gain in a 100-associate office with an average salary of $25,000 would turn into $125,000 in savings.
Regular cleaning of your workspaces can reduce the probability of your employees getting sick by 80%. That means 42% fewer absences and 62% fewer contaminated surfaces. When you relate that back to how much sick days cost your business in both money and productivity, the savings is a big win for you.
And that’s just your employees. What about your customers? Well, think of it this way, how likely are you to return to a restaurant with a dirty bathroom? If you would reconsider going there in the future, you would be among 94% of people who say they would avoid a business in the future if they encountered a dirty restroom. That’s a lot of revenue!
Everyone in business knows how important repeat customers are, and to get people to come back you have to show them you care. Customers rank cleanliness a number one priority when it comes to the food industry and even among the top factors for retail spaces, too. Six in ten QSR customers all say they are more likely to visit a fast-food restaurant again if it’s clean, and 60% of retail customers say that a store’s environment encouraged them to buy more in the last month.
A clean work environment or storefront is more than just common courtesy, it can help save money and generate revenue.
What ServiceMaster Clean Means for You
At ServiceMaster, our priority is to keep you safe and healthy at work. With routine cleaning, your workplace is safer for your employees, meaning you are able to save time and money each year. A clean work environment can not only make your employees feel valued, but can also keep them healthier, which means fewer sick days and more productivity.
We are here to provide you with peace of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the three ways that we are making a difference when it comes to clean work environments:
- Extra sanitation and wiping down of high-touch areas
- Stocking of essential supplies such as soap, sanitizer, cleaning products, and paper products
- Decontamination response within hours of a call
COVID-19 decontamination is our top priority right now. We know how scary this time can be for business owners, but you are not alone. We are all in this same boat together and we can get through it. Whether you need 40 extra workers right away to sanitize bathrooms regularly or the only thing standing between you and closed doors is hand soap, ServiceMaster has you covered.
We recently had a customer who was nervous about their first positive case, just like plenty of other business owners are. This is what we do every day, though. We’re here to be the experts in clean, so you and your employees can be comfortable, safe, and healthy. Within hours of the call, we were able to go in to decontaminate the facility so that they could return to work safely.
Not only is ServiceMaster all-hands-on-deck during this time, but we’ve also been working hard to make sure we are using only the best products and cleaning methods to make sure your businesses are cleaned, disinfected, and protected.
Clean work environments are important today and always. Please let us know if you have any COVID-19 concerns that we can help you with. We are here to help keep you and everyone around your business safe and healthy—while also helping save you time and money!
Contact us today to learn more about our advanced cleaning services.