One of the many benefits of a clean office is the positive effect it can have on your mental health, and thus your productivity and performance at work.
It Cuts Down on Distractions
Research shows that our physical environment greatly includes our cognition, behaviour, and emotions. Clutter has a way of diverting our attention away from our work on hand, as multiple things are competing for our attention. Disorganization and clutter has such an effect on our brains that it actually drains our cognitive function and reduces our ability to focus. You may think that those piles of papers or files in the corner aren’t bothering you, but in reality, a clean office is a productive office.
It Reduces Stress
Walking into a clean office gives us peace of mind. There is a reason why “national clean your desk” day exists: it keeps us motivated, inspired and thus reduces stress.
In the last year, more than ever, having a clean and sanitized work environment is closely linked to our stress levels. In addition to this, clutter can even cause additional stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also have an effect on our relationships with others. In one study, those with a messy desk were more likely to be viewed as less agreeable, neurotic, and less conscientious.
It Keeps Us Healthy
Having a sanitized workspace decreases the risk of allergies and keeps the germs at bay. This reduces the number of sick days and leads to greater productivity. Areas to particularly focus on are any high-touch spots like computer mice, keyboards, phones, lightswiches, and door handles.
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How to Start
Like all great endeavours, start with a to-do list, mark off the highest priority areas to clean and go down the list from there. Once this is established, stay in the habit of cleaning and tidying at the end of the day after work. Need additional help? Reach out to us for all your office cleaning needs.
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