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What Your Work Space Says About You

For over 26 years, Sparkling Clean Canada has assisted numerous commercial spaces in the Edmonton area with professional, high quality cleaning services.  In addition to being a Better Business Bureau A+ business, they’re also ISSA Canada certified.  What does that mean to the consumer?  A governing body that oversees partnered and accredited businesses by being held to the highest standards of knowledge, training, prevention and professionalism.

My desk is covered with papers.  Stacks of papers.  Post-It notes strewn about, with files that I have yet to catalogue and put away.  It’s organized chaos, but it’s messy, not dirty.  While staying overnight at a hotel, I may be shuffling through my suitcase and my toiletries, leaving my belongings in disarray.  If one were to see these messes, they may decide to internalize a drugstore psychology, usually reserved for columns or quizzes in tabloid magazines at supermarket checkout lanes.  This isn’t filth, after all.  It’s a mess.  One that we can all agree to turn a blind eye to and live with.

It’s our mess.  But what happens when the mess is visible to the public, or to internal customers (staff)?  Does it reduce our perceptions of professionalism and order in the workplace?  Do we make assumptions based on these impressions, that this is not a place of order, and that perhaps the management doesn’t have a handle on things?  If they’re this messy, then how filthy is the business likely to be?

A clean space creates an atmosphere of calm.  When you see the front desk of a business and it’s clean and free of clutter- we buy into their supposed professionalism.  A clean washroom suggests that other areas will be cleaner, leaving us to less worry about our health risks, due to exposure to contaminants or harmful bacteria.  Clean windows; dust free surfaces, carpets free of odors… all of this helps create the luster of a friendly, professional environment.  One that I’d happily re-visit.

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