As a growing business, you may have reached the point when you’ve found yourself asking the question – Should we get a cleaner? Or Outsource Office Cleaning.
Maybe, until now you’ve relied on ad-hoc support from helpful staff members or a specific employee who runs the mop around when everyone else has left. Whether your property has grown, workloads have increased, or this ad-hoc approach isn’t doing the job anymore, how do you ensure a professional clean without adding an extra burden?
The benefits of a clean office can’t be ignored, as this article outlines “A Clean Office is a Happy Office” for your staff, and what about your customers? This article “I Don’t Need a Professional Cleaning Service… Do I?” reminds us how important a clean environment is when trying to make a good impression.
Simply, you now have two options:
- Employ the cleaners you need
- Bring in an outsourced cleaning service
You’ll probably have a good idea which is our preferred option, but it’s also the preferred option of many companies so, to help you make this decision, let us share how outsourcing your cleaning beats employing your own.
Why Outsource Office Cleaning?
It may be that your first step in this investigation is to look at the comparative prices – the hourly wage of a cleaner versus the hourly rate of an agency. This is unlikely to show a cleaning agency as the cheaper option.
However, that is only a minor consideration in this calculation; what else do you need to think about?
- Costs of recruitment
- Holiday pay
- Sick pay
- Maternity/paternity pay
- Costs for dismissal
- Equipment and cleaning products
These costs will be different for every organisation and some of them you may never incur, nonetheless these are costs which any employer taking on a new member of staff needs to factor in.
When you’ve realised that a cleaning service is necessary, you’ll probably consider how much work you believe is involved. Finding someone to take on just the small number of hours you need every day, may seem the simplest solution; and knowing who it will be cleaning is also a benefit, isn’t it?
But how confident are you that these needs won’t change? Flexibility can be a huge benefit:
- For one-off deep cleans
- Additional services such as carpet or window cleaning
- To cover absences
- Staffing disputes or disagreements
- When you need more people
- Breaks for building shutdowns
Having an agency supply your cleaners, allows for flexibility in all these areas and more.
Employing your own cleaner will require several administrative and managerial considerations you would probably rather do without, while using an agency means that your Account Manager will handle all these concerns for you.
- Day-to-day management
- Review and evaluation
- Creating and updating policies
- Creating and updating contracts
Only you will know if outsourcing cleaning services would serve your company better, but we believe that for most organisations it is something to consider.
Outsourced Office Cleaning versus Your Own Cleaners
There may be other considerations we didn’t mention here, is there anything which you feel we’ve missed out on?
We’d love to talk to you about your business and how we can support you, do get in touch with our team today.
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