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5 Reasons to Change Janitorial Services
Green janitorial services are rapidly trending as a must-have for social and ecologically responsible businesses.
For businesses to continue to grow and prosper in the years to come, a paradigm shift in thinking and practices are required.
Social pressures, combined with ecological and economic realities, have made it necessary to shift to more sustainable, cost-effective strategies.
Consumer and emerging workforce sentiments continue to trend in favor of organizations who accept responsibility for the health and safety of the world around them.
To meet these challenges, companies will need to adopt greener, more cost-effective business practices that start with the overall health of their office building and employees.
The cost of janitorial services is measured in more than the monthly bill.
If the services are ineffective, the results can lead to sick or injured employees, and a loss of prospective or recurring business.
Additional costs can be calculated for:
- Wasted and contaminated natural resources, and;
- Long-term employee health and related healthcare expenses.
According to the CDC Foundation;
[sic]…productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee.
Consumers are, in growing numbers, favoring businesses that adopt green, sustainable programs and practices, and they are speaking with their wallet.
According to a recent Nielsen survey;
More than half of global respondents (52%) say they have purchased at least one product or service in the past six months from a socially responsible company, with respondents in Latin America (65%), Asia-Pacific (59%) and Middle East/Africa (59%) exceeding the global average. Four in 10 respondents in North America and Europe say they have made a sustainable purchase in the past six months.
-Global Consumers are Willing to Put Their Money Where Their Heart is When it Comes to Goods and Services from Companies Committed to Social Responsibility
Interestingly, this trend has extended beyond consumers to the workforce.
According to a recent article by Environmental Leader;
People like to be associated with the positive, especially younger generations raised on a steady diet of environmental protection messages. They do not want to be linked to companies implicated in ecological disasters…[sic]
Technology and Innovation
Green janitorial services have emerged into the modern century, and with it has come an array of technology advancements that can provide a business with key performance indicators and intelligence to properly monitor and report on the efficacy of all aspects of equipment performance and program adoption.
The Internet of Things allows for the monitoring of equipment performance and resource utilization with detailed reporting, arming decision makers with the information they need to make informed choices, and maintenance staff with timely alerts to ensure the smooth operation of facilities and tools.
Cleaning chemicals have advanced, even beyond green, to probiotic cleaners that preserve the cultures of neutral bacteria, while literally eating away at the resources viral bacteria requires to thrive and reproduce.
Additionally, software companies have thrown their hat into the arena in the form of gamification applications that serve the dual purpose of engaging employees and maintaining a healthy work environment.
Full Spectrum Service
The solution to rising business costs is to increase efficiency.
A proven method to increase the efficiency of business practices is to unify service delivery and management under a single outsourced vendor.
This allows the business to free up vital resources for mission-critical applications while simultaneously reducing facilities maintenance concerns and pressures on the part of management.
Further, the incorporation of a single vendor management solution cuts down on time necessary for change and work request completion, emergency service requirements, and lost productivity due to poor or missed communication.
Commitment to service quality and customer satisfaction is easy.
Committing a business to environmentally and socially responsible action over the lifetime of the organization is something else altogether; requiring a partnership with a proven community leader in green sustainable practices.
True commitment demands a service vendor be engaging with, both management and staff, as well as flexible in their scheduling, and the scalability of their service delivery.
Further, it should be well established and understood that business dynamics shift constantly and, as newer technologies and disciplines arise, a vendor worthy of consideration must display a proven track record of commitment to ongoing growth, training, and education.
Climate change and socio-economic realities are affecting business direction worldwide.
To remain competitive businesses must adopt sustainable green practices that eliminate waste and the introduction of toxic chemicals into the environment, as well as proving a commitment to their employees, customers, and the community that they serve.
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