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Lean and green office cleaning 'delivers major savings'

Published 15th April, 2014 by Neil Nixon

Lean and green office cleaning 'delivers major savings'

Cleanliness in the workplace not only reflects an organisation's culture and values, it can also deliver many tangible benefits, including improved employee health, better staff morale, increased productivity and enhanced customer satisfaction levels.

A new white paper 'Go lean and green to save time and money' offers insights into the importance of a clean workplace and includes examples of how such a strategy can improve environmental impact, reduce costs and add to the bottom line.

Published by Emprise, the paper shows how a change in cleaning strategy delivered real results for one global workspace provider and how commercial landlords and managing agents can also use a clean and well-presented portfolio to protect their assets, increase letting potential and improve rental income.

Research shows most people [1] feel more productive in a clean workspace, whilst over three-quarters of workers believe dirty offices have made them ill [2]. Staff sick days cost UK business £29 billion a year [3] and with 131 million days lost to sickness absence [4] in just one year, this can have significant financial implications for an organisation. The CBI says each absent employee costs their employer an average of £9755.
By introducing lean and green cleaning processes, healthier workplaces can be created whilst driving down operational costs. According to the World Green Building Council [6], employees in green offices experience less stress, better health and are more productive.

Lean cleaning involves assessing a workspace to understand what systems need to be implemented to meet the required specification then using tools such as daily plan setting, process mapping and working to specific needs to achieve the desired outcomes.

Incorporating environmentally-friendly processes into the workplace can not only help an organisation to be seen in a more favourable light by staff and customers, but it can also significantly reduce energy expenditure and waste.

The paper describes the environmental and cost impact that implementing flow cleaning can have. In one example discussed in the paper, a large office could reduce its energy consumption by 88%, while another multi-site workspace provider Emprise has worked with was able to increase its recycling levels to 85% by changing its cleaning and waste management strategy.

Landlords and managing agents can also use cleanliness as a means of competitive advantage to achieve and create an efficient and marketable property portfolio - a clean and energy-efficient building can improve its ability to let and demand a price premium.

To download the full white paper please visit

[1] Staples Advantage Canada
[2] University of Arizona and Durable UK via
[3] PwC
[4] ONS licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0. and Adapted from data from the Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.
[5] CBI page 1.
[6] World Green Building Council page 1.

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