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How working around mess & clutter can cut profit and productivity!

by Well Polished London (East), May 2019

Data shows that living/working around a clean space boosts productivity & cuts down business losses due to employees being off sick!

The average employee loses around 9 working days a year to sickness – some of which may be attributed to poor work space hygiene!

“A typical office keyboard can carry up to 7,500 bacteria at any given time”


  • Greater profitability – time is wasted looking for papers & documents, working in a clean space employees get more done which helps with long-term profitability. Data from the international data corporation discovered that untidy work places can loose out on £1.9 million a year from lost productivity owing to searching for documents!!
  • Increased focus – you are less likely to be distracted by clutter & messy objects, and greater concentration level leads to better and more work being done.
  • No wasted time – time gets wasted searching through seas of papers in a messy work space. In tidy and organised spaces paper work can be tracked down easily.
  • Less stress! – too much stuff and clutter can result in feeling overwhelmed due to trying to focus on so many things at once, which lowers your stress threshold!

Harvard University conducted an experiment – with over 100 students, exposed to either a clean & tidy work space or a desk that was cluttered and untidy with cups and papers. They was then given a puzzle that was quite literally unsolvable! The team who was in the tidy environment attempted the puzzle for 18.5 mins before giving up, compared to an average of just 11 minutes for the students who was working in the cluttered work space!

The study concluded that untidy, cluttered, and mess in workplaces can undermine peoples persistence in completing tasks. therefore affecting productivity!