A September 5, 2013 article on the Today’s Facility Manager website details how a boiler repair company restructured itself for better efficiency. The manager who helped pen the report stresses that having a clean and hazard-free workplace is the key to better work. To quote him:
Prior to the training we circulated a survey asking employees to grade the company how important they thought their safety was to the company. Our grade wasn’t bad, but the results showed several areas for improvement. We plan to repeat of the survey in few months. We’ve also set up a special e-mail address that employees can use to report any safety concerns they may have or problems they encounter.
Taking a lean approach to safety ensures that the program is proactive. Rather than just report negative metrics like injuries or lost-time accidents, we treat every incident, near miss or accident as an opportunity for safety improvements. And the work is paying off. After a recent plant tour, I received an email from the customer complimenting me on the cleanliness or the plant.
Having a clean workplace can be an inspiring sight for employees, and it also ensures that the space is safe from any hazards. In cities that are infamous for their dirty urban landscapes like New York, cleaning office or work space should be a top priority. Companies looking to boost their efficiency should seriously consider keeping their places clean for their own good. They can do so by hiring cleaning services in Rochester, NY, like Held’s Janitorial Services.
The article explains that the boiler company eschewed modern workplace dynamics in favor of old school corporate practices that were simple and straightforward in approaching problems. One of the first things the company addressed was the issue of safety, which stemmed from how filthy their workspace was. By asking their employees about their thoughts, the management was able to quickly resolve the cleanliness issue—as proof, the CEO even ate a sandwich off the floor.
Other businesses can learn a thing or two from this boiler company that believes that its employees should go home “in as good a condition as when they arrived to the plant.” Cleaning can do wonders for a company, and even something as simple as cleaning the windows will have a positive effect on the business. Fortunately for businesses that can’t hire their own cleaning staff, they can always enlist the air of janitorial services for window cleaning in Buffalo.
(WEB EXCLUSIVE: You Could Eat Off The Floor!, Today’s Facility Manager, September 5, 2013)