Open office layouts and their cleaning benefits

Once upon a time, companies shoved their employees into partitioned siloes with nothing but the sound of their own breathing and the monotonous clack of computer keys as comfort. Sure, cubicles allowed for more employee expression: putting up photos and decorations – letting them set up shop – but it also made office cleaning a nightmare.


Imagine for a second that you are a cleaning professional, walking into the top floor of a premier office building to complete what, by all intents and purposes, has been described to you as a routine cleaning, only to be met with a sea of individual boxes and endless trinkets to clean around.


The advent of the open office layout was, for the most part, a happy occurrence for many cleaning professionals and here are three reasons why:


  1. Less surface area


Employees confined to cubicles are likely to accumulate more junk. This is not because people who work in cubicles are messier than workers who are not sectioned off, but because when we, as humans, are given our own private spaces, we tend to fill those spaces up. Just as when we move to a bigger house, we buy more furniture.


  1. Communal accountability


With an open office plan, employee workspaces are often in full view of the rest of the company. Meaning there is some social pressure to rein in on accumulation and keeping things generally clean.


  1. Less time and product


Open office layouts are also easier for cleaning companies to service because they require less time and product to complete, therefore a cleaning team can accomplish more in an allotted time or contractual agreement.


There are numerous reasons why more and more companies have decided to switch to an open office layout rather than traditional cubicles, including fostering employee cohesion, improvements in productivity, and yes, it helps out your silent team members as well: the cleaning companies who keep your office sparkling.


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