More than ever before, employee health and safety are of the utmost importance. However, providing a safe and healthy workplace has also never been more complicated. What are the best ways to protect your people and stop the spread of illness, while maintaining productivity and a healthy bottom line? LEAN cleaning helps you strike the balance.
“How can I be more productive at work?” continues to be a hot question for today’s workers. No matter your industry or role, everyone is looking for new ways to power through the day. And it’s no wonder—on an average eight-hour workday, more than two hours are lost to non-value added activities. These include:
20 minutes preparing to start work
15 minutes looking for tools and supplies
30 minutes retracing steps
15 minutes lost due to complexity of work
25 minutes lost to rework loops
Sickness can impact both personal safety and business productivity. With this year’s season on the horizon, now is the time to prepare to keep your employees and business healthy. 80% of germs are transmitted by hand-to-hand contact, so keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps to avoid illness and outbreaks in the workplace.* Here are four steps to reduce germ transmission and boost wellness.
1. Explain proper handwashing
We’ve all heard of LEAN, Six Sigma and process excellence, and how they decrease costs, improve productivity, and develop more effective people and companies. But what if you could get results like these simply by applying LEAN to your cleaning? We tend to think of cleaning as housekeeping. Are all the mops off the floor? Are all the supplies shoved into the storage closets? Are there dirty spots on the carpet? In fact, the way property managers and manufacturers look at cleaning right now is almost retro, more focused on clean (supplies and tools) than LEAN (methods).