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Has there been research on how a clean, well maintained workplace improves employee productivity?

June 12, 2024
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Has there been research on how a clean, well maintained workplace improves employee productivity?

Researchers at the University of Arizona conducted a study on workplace hygiene and found that office desks harbor more than 400 times the amount of bacteria found on a typical toilet seat.

That is quite an eye opener ….and a behavior changer. Now I remove all items from my desk before my LACOSTA team member is scheduled to clean our office.

Several studies have shown that clean and organized workplaces can lead to higher employee satisfaction, reduced absenteeism, and improved focus and morale, all of which can contribute to increased productivity.

For example, research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that employees in cleaner office environments were more productive and experienced fewer symptoms of illness, i.e. fewer sick days.

Additionally, a study conducted by researchers at Harvard University found that workers in environments with better air quality performed significantly better in cognitive tasks, demonstrating a clear link between environmental factors and productivity.

There is indeed statistical evidence supporting the idea that a clean workspace environment can improve productivity. Here are a few examples:

  1. Study by Brigham Young University (BYU): A study conducted by researchers at BYU found that employees who worked in clean and well-organized environments were more productive and engaged compared to those in cluttered or disorganized workspaces. The study, published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, used surveys and performance evaluations to measure productivity and found a clear correlation between cleanliness and productivity.
  2. Research by Staples: In a survey conducted by Staples, it was found that 94% of employees reported feeling more productive in a clean workspace. The survey also revealed that 77% of respondents felt they were able to concentrate better and were more efficient when their workspace was clean and organized.
  3. American Journal of Epidemiology Study: A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that workers in cleaner office environments experienced fewer symptoms of illness, such as coughing, headaches, and fatigue. This suggests that maintaining a clean workspace not only improves productivity directly but also indirectly by reducing sick days and absenteeism.
  4. Research by the University of Arizona: Researchers at the University of Arizona conducted a study on workplace hygiene and found that office desks harbor more than 400 times the amount of bacteria found on a typical toilet seat. Implementing regular cleaning protocols can help reduce the spread of illness-causing germs, leading to healthier employees and increased productivity.

These studies provide statistical evidence supporting the notion that a clean workspace environment is positively correlated with improved productivity. They emphasize the importance of maintaining cleanliness and organization in the workplace to create an environment conducive to productivity and employee well-being. If you are interested, you LACOSTA  manager can help you with a clean, hygienic organizational plan to help maximize your workplace productivity.

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