Companies cutting janitorial cleaning budgets

Companies cutting janitorial cleaning budgets

July 13th, 2012   •   No Comments   

In this tough economy, companies are constantly working to cut costs where they can and rightly so. It’s important to evaluate costs year to year and even go through a rebidding process. However, a trend I see happening over and over again within the janitorial cleaning industry specifically is the cutting of cleaning budgets. This can be a good thing but be sure you are comparing apples to apples when negotiating a new contract.  The lowest bidder, while it will improve  your pocketbook, is not always the way to go. Be sure the quality of the work is worth the lower costs.

What I find happens sometimes is that a lower cost will often come with a cut to the quality of the service provided. Maybe instead of dusting 5 days a week, your new staff will cut back to 2 days to save time and money.  Remember, the cleaning company is trying to make a profit on top of what they pay their employees. That being said, you could end up with a less than clean office space in the months to come as dust will begin to settle in over time.

I read an interesting article this week in TheDay.com about just that.  In this article, business owner, Ray Cassarino makes a great point in suggesting that business and building owners carefully evaluate not only cost, but the level of service they’ll receive. Are you noticing that every time you step foot in your office, you and your office mates have a sneezing reaction? Have you considered that the issue is likely the build up of dust?  If so, do you know the impact this could have on your overall health?

The good news, there are ways to check in on the quality of your janitorial cleaning service.  Ask the janitorial company to provide you a schedule of their cleaning routine. But go beyond that and check up day to day to be sure all of the cleaning tasks are actually being done. Another thing you can do  is to schedule a monthly inspection with the cleaning staff. This is a great way to hold them accountable to your level of service.

In summary, it is the responsibility of the business or building owner or the person in charge of hiring the cleaning company to ensure the employees of your company are working in a healthy work environment. We spend most of our day in the work environment, make it  a healthy one.

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