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Evaluate daytime cleaning

With firms seeking to reduce costs while maintain service efficiencies, James Freeman gives six reasons why daytime cleaning can achieve just that

24 November

Night time cleaning is typically seen as a way to avoid disruption in the workplace. But cleaning throughout the day can be a workable solution, offering a number of benefits. Here’s what to consider.

1⁄ Consider the impact on energy costs

The move to daytime cleaning could have one clear business benefit straight away – a reduction in energy costs. Because cleaning staff are onsite during normal business hours, fewer buildings are lit up and heated at night unnecessarily, immediately cutting down on utility costs.

2⁄  It’s good to talk
When cleaning is an out-of-hours function, the cleaning team can be seen as anonymous and detached. Daytime working can mean better communication as cleaners and occupants develop direct relationships. Cleaning staff can gain more respect and understanding, and concerns about the cleaning operation can be addressed immediately rather than negotiated via convoluted and ineffective channels of communication.

3⁄  Staff retention
Staff recruitment and retention can be made easier with daytime cleaning as people can earn a living wage, with 
the opportunity to increase their working hours. This can less need for staff to combine two or more part-time jobs which, in turn, attracts a higher calibre of staff and reduced absenteeism. Staff development and training is easier to organise during daytime hours, and it eliminates the security and transport issues surrounding night cleaning. Both improve standards, leading to a happier and motivated workforce.

4⁄ Positive work culture

A daytime cleaning team has an opportunity to align their values to the culture and objectives of the customer. A daytime cleaning team can become woven into the client structure in any organisation. Often, occupants allow their daytime cleaning team to enjoy their own facilities – dining areas, for example. This can give the team a greater sense of value, making them active stakeholders in ensuring that all the client’s facilities are provided to the highest standards.

5⁄  Improved workflow
Compliance with agreed processes can instantly become easier with daytime cleaning, including waste management and recycling. Timing for waste removal becames more flexible, occupants are more attentive to collecting waste across the office when a cleaning team is present on the work floor, and the presence of a cleaning team can create a more considerate attitude among occupants.

There’s also an argument that consistent standards of cleanliness last the entire day, rather than there being a deterioration of hygiene as the day progresses. This helps maintain higher standards throughout the day and enables better quality control. Cleaners can immediately respond in the case of unforeseen accidents and spillages, promoting a consistently clean and hygienic working atmosphere.

6⁄ Cost control

There is a clear advantage in employers taking greater control of cleaning costs, without compromising the standard of cleaning. Principle Cleaning saved between 5 and 20 per cent on its annual spend by switching to daytime cleaning. Savings are generated from improved productivity and operation rather than adapting the service to meet a reduced budget. 

James Freeman is sales and marketing director of Principle Cleaning Services