A FRESH START THROUGH SPRING CLEAN­ING

The Hamilton Spectator - - CAREERS -

Want to give your work­place a boost of fresh en­ergy? Con­sider de­vot­ing time this March to spring clean­ing. Ben­e­fits your com­pany stands to gain by the spruce-up in­clude:

Ad­di­tional space from get­ting rid of un­nec­es­sary items

Im­proved fo­cus, hav­ing re­moved clut­ter and dis­trac­tions

Saved time be­cause things are or­ga­nized and eas­ier to find

In­creased morale from a more ap­peal­ing en­vi­ron­ment

Bet­ter health from de­creased cir­cu­la­tion of germs and al­ler­gens Un­sure how to start? Block off a few hours on ev­ery­one’s cal­en­dar to tackle the fol­low­ing ar­eas. (Tip: Let em­ploy­ees dress su­per ca­su­ally and or­der pizza.)

In­di­vid­ual work­sta­tions

Be­fore em­bark­ing, set out clean­ing sup­plies and ar­range for ex­tra re­cy­cling and garbage bins. Like­wise, des­ig­nate a room or cor­ner as a drop-off point for things peo­ple no longer want. A co-worker may ap­pre­ci­ate your old lamp, and un­claimed items can be do­nated. Much of the work will be in the form of sort­ing, fil­ing and dis­card­ing. You’ll also likely dis­cover a va­ri­ety of be­long­ings that should be brought home. (Do you re­ally need three um­brel­las?) Look too for ways clut­ter might be con­trolled in the fu­ture. Scan­ning re­ceipts and doc­u­ments keeps them at the ready elec­tron­i­cally while re­duc­ing pa­per, and sites such as PaperKarma and Cat­a­log Choice can help elim­i­nate junk mail. As for the phys­i­cal clean­ing, con­sider these sug­ges­tions from Meg Roberts, pres­i­dent of Molly Maid:

Clean the room from top to bot­tom, mov­ing left to right to en­sure you don’t over­look door frames and win­dow sills. Use a mi­crofi­bre cloth — it is re­us­able, dust and dirt stick to the fab­ric, and it works great on com­puter mon­i­tors. Dust first, and then vacuum. Phones can con­tain thou­sands of germs per square inch. Use a dis­in­fect­ing wipe to clean the key­pad, head­set and mouth­piece. For crumbs in your key­board, tip it up­side down over the trash can and shake. For se­ri­ous dust, use a can of com­pressed air or a cot­ton swab dipped in a dis­in­fect­ing so­lu­tion.

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