What's your year-end office cleaning plan?
If you don't have one, you're missing out on some of the benefits some housekeeping in December has to offer. You see, when you take the time to clean up your office space before the New Year, you're actually setting up yourself for success.
Not only will you be starting 2020 with a healthy working environment since you'll be going back to a clutter-free office but, you'll also be helping employees who are distracted by the holidays, channel their energy into something more productive.
That said, here's an office cleaning checklist you could use as a starting point for your year-end cleanup efforts.
Office Cleaning Checklist
Involve Your Employees
Even if you use commercial cleaning services to keep your office spick-and-span, it doesn't mean you and your employees have nothing else to do.
Think about getting rid of desk clutter and cleaning computer accessories and peripherals. Keep in mind that cleaning professionals won't touch the piles of paper on your desk. That means it's up to you and your staff to organize all the important documents and get rid of (recycle or scan) the unnecessary ones.
Here's another thing you can't ask the cleaning pros to do for you - clearing out your inbox. Don't wait until the situation gets out of control so that you're still replying to emails while you're supposed to be enjoying your holiday.
Start getting into the habit of responding to important emails as they come in. And unsubscribe from email lists that only make your inbox more cluttered.
Take an Inventory
Before the year ends, one of the office chores you shouldn't forget is taking inventory. Take stock of how old your equipment and supplies are. Remember, for most desktop PCs, the average expected lifespan is 3 years.
You might also need to replace your printers and copiers. Now, if you're undecided about which brands to buy, consider renting. It's a great option as you can rent almost anything from computers to laptops, scanners to printers and copiers, and so on.
Also, make sure that all the software and applications you are using are up-to-date. If they're not, now is a good time to update them to their most current versions. You should also consider moving some of your operations to the cloud if it makes sense for your business.
Set a Cleaning Schedule for the Whole Year
If you don't use professional cleaning services, try setting an employee cleaning schedule. This can help everyone maintain their work stations hygienic and clutter-free.
This will include a list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks so that by the end of the year, cleanup would be a breeze. Some examples of daily tasks would be emptying trash cans, wiping down door handles, and disinfecting hard surfaces.
For monthly cleaning tasks, you can consider vacuuming office furniture, freshening up desk cushions with odor-eliminating spray, and deep cleaning of surface areas.
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By using this year-end office cleaning checklist, you don't have to worry about cleaning up when you get back to work after the holidays, and you can start the New Year ready to tackle your business goals.
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