Profit maximizing businesses are best served to maintain clean, hygienic facilities—a modest investment in cleaning produced substantial returns. Sick employees are expensive, as 7.7 sick days per employee per year cost a whopping $225.8 billion per year. Cold/flu symptoms result in overall loss in performance by three to eight percent; dust exposure affects workers’ cognitive skills by two to six percent. Unplanned absences cause major workplace problems, including a 54 percent decrease in productivity/output and a 39 percent drop in sales/customer service.
Businesses must understand that common surfaces—including computer mice, keyboards, desk phones, break room sink faucet handles, microwave door handles, refrigerator door handles, water fountain buttons and vending machine buttons—contain high levels of contamination. Cleaning produces a very real and measurable ROI. Worker productivity increases and so does customer satisfaction. About 94 percent of people would avoid a business if they found out it had a dirty restroom.
Maintaining clean facilities is not just a burdensome expense—it helps generate revenue. Businesses can improve their bottom line by investing in sound cleaning procedures.
Would you ever come back to a restaurant that seemed dirty? Please share in the comments and check out the infographic below presented by ISSA to learn more about the ROI of maintaining cleanliness!