Defining the Culture of Clean: Which side is your company?

Is your company taking a proactive or reactive approach when it comes to the culture of clean?

The Culture of Clean is defined as the perception that facility owners, managers or administrators create amongst staff on the value of cleaning and its relative importance.

Like the political spectrum, the culture of clean within any facility ranges from proactive on one end to reactive on the other.

Proactive culture characteristics

  • A focus on preventing surfaces from getting dirty.

  • The purpose of cleaning is done to preserve facility assets, maintain a clean appearance, and most importantly for the health of building occupants.

  • Maintenance frequency is tied to traffic levels.

  • Facility appearance is consistently clean.

  • Cleaning is viewed as an investment in facilities and one that protects the health, well being and morale of building occupants.

A reactive culture

  • Waits until surfaces become dirty before cleaning.

  • Cleaning is done only for the sake of appearance.

  • Facility appearance is highly inconsistent.

  • Treats all surfaces the same, regardless of traffic.

  • Cleaning is viewed as an expense that can be cut with little or no consequence.

The Culture of Clean Spectrum: Reactive vs Proactive

Where does your organization sit? 

Based upon today’s budget realities, often a proactive culture is desired, but difficult to achieve with limited staff. Chances are you may sit somewhere on the spectrum, but the push needs to be toward the proactive end of the spectrum.

Consider this

A proactive culture results in a consistently cleaner facility at an overall lower cost. So when costs are a consideration, a proactive culture may seem more expensive, but is far less expensive in the long run than a reactive one.

Additional benefits including a healthier work/play environment for building occupants (we spend 90% of our time indoors), positive morale, increase of productivity, and reduce of absenteeism.

If the cleanliness of your building is one of your responsibilities, we know how difficult it can be to keep track of it, mostly when you are busy with other matters. By choosing Norkru as your janitorial service provider, you can rest assured that the health of your building is prioritized and is always looking its best.

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