Did you know that a modest investment in cleaning produces substantial returns? Sick employees cost businesses a large sum of money every year. Just 7.7 sick days per employee per year cost a mind boggling $225.8 billion. As a result of cold/flu symptoms, employees lose between three and eight percent of their performance capabilities. It becomes difficult to focus when you’re dealing with dry eyes, itchy or watery eyes, a dry throat, headaches and chest tightness. Dust exposure affects cognitive skills by two to six percent, which impacts typing, arithmetic and logical reasoning abilities.
So many common work-related surfaces have high levels of contamination, including computer mice, keyboards, desk phones, break room sink faucet handles, microwave door handles, refrigerator door handles, water fountain buttons and vending machine buttons. Cleaning has a very real and measurable value—worker productivity may jolt up two to eight percent. In a 100-associate office with an average salary of $25,000, this equates to $125,000 in savings. Also, there’s no denying that customers prefer to do business in clean facilities. Over six in 10 QSR customers agree that if a fast food restaurant is clean, they’ll go more often. About 94 percent of people would avoid a business in the future if they encountered dirty restrooms.
Clean facilities are not just a cost to deal with—they generate revenue and keep employees and prospective customers happy and healthy. To learn more about the measurable value of cleanliness, check out the infographic below presented by ISSA.
Keeping Clean Offers Significant Returns [Infographic]
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