About a year ago, I could tell that our home project was a little delayed. Our team of contractors had been struggling to work with some of their providers, so I decided to work with another team altogether. It was really frustrating, but I could tell that it was the right call to make. After we made the transition, the new staff got right to work addressing some of the most serious concerns. I wanted to create a blog all about understanding construction delays so that other people could see how difficult it can be to resolve them on your own. Check it out!
If you work in an office, and professional cleaning staff cleaned the office every night, that doesn't mean that you don't have to clean up after yourself. Here are a few things you can do that will make it easier for the office staff to effectively clean your office.
#1 Put Away All Papers
At the end of your workday, before you wrap everything up, build in at least five minutes to deal with all the paperwork on your desk. During this time, put everything away in files where it belongs. If you have papers that you need to work on tomorrow, create two bins on your desk for work that you need to do and work that is completed. Sort any paperwork on your desk into these bins and drop off any paperwork that you have completed to the appropriate place in your office.
Cleaning up the paperwork will make it easier for the cleaning staff to dust and wipe down your desk. When your desk is cluttered with items, it is hard for the cleaning staff to effectively clean the area.
#2 Put Your Trash Can Out
If you have a personal trash can that you keep under your desk, be sure to pull it out and set it beside your desk. This will make it easier for the cleaning staff to pick up all the personal trash cans in the office. The less time it takes for them to grab and empty all the trash cans, the more time they can spend on other cleaning tasks.
If your personal trash can get full during the day, don't let it overflow. Take personal reasonability for it and empty it out in one of the larger trash cans in your office.
#3 Clean The Kitchen Area
Finally, make sure that you clean up after yourself in the kitchen area. Do not leave food in the fridge unlabeled or for multiple days on end; throw away food that you are not going to eat. When you use dinning wear from the office kitchen, rinse it off and clean it or put it in the dishwasher. Your office cleaning staff should not come into an office full of dishes that people could have easily taken personal responsibility for.
If you hold a management role in your office, set up rules and reminders so that your employees know to do all the basic cleaning up in the kitchen. Your commercial janitorial staff should be used to deep clean your kitchen, not clean up after people's lunch messes.