Our “green cleaning” post from a couple weeks ago did mention a few environmentally-sound ways to clean your home and office. Now that the bulk of us are finally enjoying spring weather on a regular basis, I think it relevant and important to share more tips that can make cleaning your workspace and home easier and more efficient.
So, without any further ado, here is a collection of simple and memorable tips that may come in handy for cleaners (professional and non-professional alike): (more…)
You wouldn’t hand the keys over to a new CEO without giving them at least a basic idea of what his responsibilities are, would you? The same thing goes for any and all positions, even those on the bottom rung of your organization.
Similarly, have you ever fallen into the trap of merely training a new employee immediately, then leave them to their tasks – including new ones assigned to them along the way – without any further instruction?
This is something that plagues many businesses in the janitorial industry, simply because many don’t know exactly how much – or how often – they need to train their employees. Telling them “do this” or “don’t do that” is all well and good, but it doesn’t really empower your workforce to succeed in the long-term. (more…)
Sometimes it may not feel this way outside, but now that we’re in April, the spring season is upon us. I have had multiple mornings – even within the past week – where I wake up to find snow on the ground, then have to take off my coat midday because it’s 65 degrees outside. It may not always be warm and sunny outside, but if you’re waiting for that then you’ll have to sit tight for another month or so.
Now that it’s spring, there’s undoubtedly one phrase that comes to mind for many of us: SPRING CLEANING. I’m not here to give you tips on how to clean your facility, office or home – stay tuned, though, because that is definitely something I will cover soon – but I do want to share a few tips on what “green cleaning” is, and easy ways to do it on a regular basis.
Try as you might, it’s impossible to retain the exact same workforce for a long period of time – the janitorial industry is well aware of this, of course. Because you may have to replace one or two employees every now and then, though, all it means is that company culture becomes that much more important.
I’d like to take the importance of company culture one step further. In an industry where not everyone will instantly recognize a company that’s a cut above the competition, you can and should use your company culture as a competitive advantage. I’ve already discussed how to use company culture to attract young talent, so I want to talk here about how it can be competitive advantage in obtaining new clients – as well as retaining existing customers. (more…)
Any company in any industry can entice and attract new talent if they are willing to make themselves appealing to the younger generation. But how do you get these young, talented individuals to choose you over other similar positions at other companies? I like to think of the care that goes into planting and maintaining a garden: it does take preparation, time and effort to take care of your garden, but those plants will yield great-tasting produce year after year. Instead of taking that time to prepare, you can just go to the grocery store and buy frozen vegetables that taste alright, but you’ll end up in that same grocery store aisle a week later, looking for another bag.
The key in this example is that taking the time to build a garden from the ground up (finding and retaining young talent) will be far better for you than if you just rely on getting a new bag of pre-grown frozen vegetables that don’t taste as good. At CleanTelligent, much of our workforce falls into the “young talent” age category, and we’ve tried a few specific things that I think can be generalized to the rest of the janitorial industry – or any other industry, for that matter. (more…)