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Mar 1, 2020

Bringing Your Employees Back to the Office


Have your staff members been slowly trickling out the door? If you’re worried about the trend of remote workers at your business, working with a Calgary commercial cleaner can help make your office a more welcoming space.
Category: General
Posted by: scadmin

Working remotely, or telecommuting, has become significantly more common in businesses across North America. As Millenials, with their increased interest in life-work balance, become one of the dominant forces in the economy, businesses are adapting. A 2020 study found that 70% of professionals telecommute at least once a week — and over 50% work away from the office half the time. Often, what’s good for employees is good for the company, but not in this case. In fact, telecommuting might not even be better for employees.

 

Isolation. One big problem with working remotely is isolation. And this can actually be an issue for both the employees who telecommute and the staff left behind. As the office begins to feel increasingly empty, team members who diligently work from their desk can lose morale. On the other hand, employees working from home may miss out on staff lunches, parties, jokes, and more. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, especially if they’re working from a silent, empty house. 

 

Reduced Efficiency. Depending on the situation, some reduced efficiency is to be expected and even celebrated. Many employees choose to work remotely when welcoming a new child into their lives. Whether they’re pregnant or at home with a toddler, it’s expected they’ll be a bit distracted. As long as tasks are completed on time, this is a worthwhile sacrifice for many businesses trying to attract and retain the best talent.

 

However, this isn’t always the case. Some employees just want the flexibility of working from home without a circumstance necessitating it. In these cases, the reduced efficiency is a side effect of not having a supervisor or manager around to keep them on task. Blurring the lines of work and home, can also lead to working odd hours, checking emails in the middle of the night, and a general struggle to turn off.

 

Bringing the Team Home. Bringing the whole team together into a bright, organized, dynamic commercial space is important for your business and for your staff’s mental health. Working in the office, staves off depression by preventing feelings of isolation and allowing staff to build relationships with one another. 

 

To incentivize staff working from the office, rather than from their home, management should prioritize offering a cool, vibrant work culture in a pristinely clean, well-lit office. Every detail from the employee bathrooms and lunch room to meeting rooms and independent work areas should be considered. No one wants to work or pee in a dungeon. Be sure that all areas are welcoming, airy, and clean. Working with a professional commercial cleaner is the first step. Your staff members are busy, and they shouldn’t feel like it’s their job to clean toilets and empty garbage. 

 

Your goal is to offer your team a fun, professional, freshly cleaned office to collaborate and work in. You want to make working from the office and being a part of the work community the obvious choice over working alone from home. But before you can worry about making a cool commercial space — you need to have a clean one.

 

Have your staff members been slowly trickling out the door? If you’re worried about the trend of remote workers at your business, working with a Calgary commercial cleaner can help make your office a more welcoming space. Call Strathcona Cleaners today.