Smaller businesses with staff under 5 tend to do the cleaning themselves, or do they? Larger businesses almost always outsource cleaning to specialist cleaning contractors. When was the last time you did an audit to see how clean your business is?

Dirt and grime in your office might well go unnoticed on a day to day basis, but the fact is, dirt quickly builds up. Left for too long, and it can become a hazard in the office, even a security risk.

Can it really be considered a security issue?

Not directly, but one way of looking at it is this. An unclean business can result in increased staff absence, FACT. For smaller businesses with only a few people, it can be quite detrimental is someone is off ill. This in itself could be identified as a security problem.

OK, you may be thinking, this is a real stretch of the imagination to think it’s a security risk, but bear with me. I have a valid angle to consider.

Real Life Case Study

I bought a new motorbike last year. I went for the new Kawasaki Z1000SX and I must say, I am pleased with it so far.

Interested to see it? Here you go. The actual (black one and best colour…) I bought.

Z1000SX bought from Kawasaki dealer

Now, the dealership served me well (so I won’t be naming and shaming them here) and it looked fine in the showroom, from a cleanliness point of view, but the toilets were shocking.

Now, I don’t wish to generalise but blokes might not be quite as conscientious as females when it comes to hygiene standards. I would put money on the fact, females are less likely to put up with poor toilet standards compared to males. I guess that might have something to do with the fact, blokes can stand up and ‘fire from a distance’ whereas females need to sit down ..

Poor standards in toilets spread germs

The toilets were grim, like a scene from Trainspotting (for those who have seen it). For those who haven’t, just imagine an unclean toilet and then double it.

I don’t think the toilets had seen a cleaning spray, bottle of bleach or hygiene wipe for many a year. No soap and a towel which looked like it could feature in this years ‘Bacteria of the Year’ awards … you get the idea.

It’s not just about giving a good impression

Now, when it comes to a bike dealership (especially in the summertime) it’s normal to see the bikes outside for all to see. This particular dealer does not do that, apparently due to crime in the area. They lost a bike in the past when someone loaded it onto a van and drove off, without anyone noticing.

Staff absence has a direct effect on business

Your staff are employed to serve the business. In this case, help potential and current customers, but also keep an eye out for those looking to steal from you.

If staff are absent due to an avoidable illness, you are left short handed and in this particular example, it creates a lapse in security and creates more risk.

How Hygiene Standards can have an impact on security

Some might read this and say ‘No way, you are dreaming if you think this is true’ but take a moment to consider it. Of course, during the winter months, loads of people have coughs colds and splutters and your staff could have caught it from their kids, someone in the supermarket etc. I don’t disagree with that.

However, minimising the risks and controlling such a simple thing as hygiene, can help.

FACT

Simple hand hygiene combats the majority of germs being spread

If a toilet is cleaned regularly, soap is restocked and adequate hand drying facilities are provided, the risk of spreading germs is reduced and potential illnesses reduced.

For staff and the customers who visit your premises, being clean gives the impression you care.

As a security company, our focus is not cleaning. However, our sister company (So Clean @ www.soclean.co.uk) realise the impact cleaning can have.

If you require a cleaner business and require a company to serve your needs, call 01689 85 33 66 or email getintouch@soclean.co.uk