Sometimes it’s the little things that make the most significant difference.

When we walk into an office environment, the environment IS what greets us. If you are a leader, it’s time to address the situation you present to the world, your clients, your partners, and your employees.

Cleaning is associated with productivity. There is a plethora of articles, studies, and research designed to back that up. So, if you are on your way to being a GREAT organization – you might want to start with some easy changes to your environment.

We are motivated by one study that suggests that we, as humans respond to clean environments. We stand up a little taller, we grow more alert, less anxious, and even become more attentive. 

According to an article on mindtools.com, “Research also shows that poor standards of hygiene reduce people’s ability to focus on their work, and trigger a negative mindset. Dirt and clutter affects productivity and morale. A dirty or untidy office puts off growth as well…clients don’t like it, nor do your future employees. People gain instant insight into your workplace culture when they step into your premises, and bad first impressions do nobody any favors.”

And it doesn’t stop there. Perhaps office cleanliness should be part of your corporate wellness programming. A study by associate professor NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., indicated that people with clean environments are healthier than people with messy environments. Keith and her colleagues tracked the physical health of individual participants that were documented to be at risk for heart disease. Those who kept their environments clean were healthier and more physically fit than those who didn’t. Cleanliness was a more significant predictor for physical health than things like neighborhood walkability.

While this study was completed mainly on the environment within participant’s homes, we believe that since we often spend more time at work than at home – the results would be pretty obvious.

While cleaning up your company’s physical space is just one step in becoming and sustaining great, it’s also known to lead to other environmental changes. 

Setting goals to improve office cleaning, may lead to tasks like selecting improved ergonomically correct furniture, playing positive background music, using aromatherapy, adding art to the walls, and even bringing in fresh flowers.

One small step of clean – can create a large environment of happy.