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February is the month of love, and what better way to celebrate than by showing some love to the spaces where we spend a significant portion of our time – our office buildings and facilities.

Just like any relationship, the one we have with our workplace requires care, attention, and nurturing to thrive. As an industrial cleaning and integrated facility management services company, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy and safe environments for employees to thrive.

North America is continuing in the battle against disease outbreaks, grappling with the persistent challenges posed by COVID-19 and resurgences of diseases like the measles and strep A. Despite advancements in vaccination efforts, these outbreaks underscore the importance of maintaining vigilance in workplace hygiene and safety protocols. Workplaces should continue to uphold stringent cleaning measures and implement robust health and safety practices. By prioritizing cleanliness, businesses can create environments that mitigate the risk of disease transmission, safeguarding the health and well-being of employees and the broader community. In this article, we’ll explore how businesses can achieve just that with a touch of facility care and maintenance.

Combatting Pathogens: The Key to a Healthy Environment

One of the most critical aspects of maintaining a healthy workplace in a changing landscape is combating pathogens with a dedicated team, alongside Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC). IPAC involves using proven practices and procedures in healthcare settings to prevent or lower the chances of spreading microorganisms to healthcare providers, clients, patients, residents, and visitors.

In today’s world, with the ongoing concerns about infectious diseases, this has never been more important. Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols are essential to prevent the spread of illnesses and keep employees safe.

By implementing thorough cleaning procedures, including disinfection of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and shared equipment, businesses can significantly reduce the risk of illness transmission. Additionally, investing in technologies like electrostatic sprayers can help ensure comprehensive coverage of surfaces with disinfectants, providing an extra layer of protection against harmful pathogens. Moreover, incorporating antimicrobial products into cleaning routines can help inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses, further enhancing the cleanliness and safety of the workplace. By prioritizing these measures, businesses demonstrate their commitment to the health and well-being of their employees, fostering a sense of trust and security within the workplace.

Cleaning Leave-Behinds: Small Actions, Big Results

In maintaining the health and safety of a building, it’s remarkable how even the smallest gestures and details can have a significant impact, not only in impressing visitors but also in fostering relationships. Incorporating cleaning leave-behinds allows you to go above and beyond standard cleaning practices. These leave-behinds provide an additional touch, enhancing your business’s reputation and distinguishing it from competitors. Some examples of cleaning leave-behinds include:

  • Custom soap dispensers: These offer a chance to add a personal touch, whether through branding or attaching a magnetic point of contact or business card.
  • Breath mints or chocolates: Facility-approved packaged treats can include personalized notes to add warmth and thoughtfulness to the environment.
  • Toilet paper stickers: These small additions can contribute to a sense of care and attention to detail.
  • Scents and scent diffusers: Adding pleasant and environmentally friendly scents in areas like restrooms and around garbage bins not only enhances the ambiance but also demonstrates a commitment to sustainability.
  • Logo pens: Logo pens serve as effective promotional tools because each time a client uses them to take notes, they reinforce their connection with your business, fostering a positive impression and increasing brand recall.

These seemingly small actions collectively elevate the atmosphere of the building, leaving a lasting impression and nurturing positive relationships with those who interact with the space.


Banishing Disorganization and Odors: Creating a Pleasant Environment

A cluttered and stinky workplace can have a negative impact on employee morale and productivity. Disorganization not only makes it challenging to find necessary items but can also contribute to safety hazards and poor indoor air quality. Similarly, unpleasant odors can create discomfort and dissatisfaction among employees, leading to decreased motivation and engagement.

To address these issues, businesses can implement effective organization strategies and odor control measures. This may include regular decluttering sessions, proper storage solutions, and the use of air purifiers and deodorizers. Additionally, maintaining clean and well-maintained restroom facilities is crucial for preventing unpleasant odors and promoting hygiene in the workplace.

TEAM utilizes themed safety and hygiene posters, such as those featuring iconic characters like The Simpsons, strategically placed in higher traffic zones throughout the facility. These posters serve as engaging visual reminders to all individuals about the critical aspects of hygiene. These posters effectively capture attention and convey important messages about maintaining safety and hygiene standards. This creative approach not only reinforces essential cleaning protocols but also encourages a culture of awareness and responsibility among staff and visitors alike.

By prioritizing cleanliness and organization, businesses can create a more pleasant and inviting environment for employees, enhancing their overall experience and satisfaction within the workplace.

Addressing Safety and Building Security Risks: Ensuring Peace of Mind

Safety and security are paramount concerns for any workplace. From preventing slip and fall accidents to safeguarding against unauthorized access, businesses must take proactive measures to mitigate risks and ensure the well-being of employees and property.

Regular maintenance of safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, emergency exits, and security cameras is essential to promptly address any potential hazards or security breaches. Additionally, conducting routine inspections of the building’s infrastructure, including electrical systems and structural integrity, can help identify and address potential safety risks before they escalate.

Furthermore, implementing access control measures, such as keycard entry systems and security patrols, can help prevent unauthorized entry and enhance overall building security. By prioritizing safety and security measures, businesses demonstrate their commitment to protecting employees and assets, fostering a sense of trust and confidence among stakeholders.

How can Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) play a role?

Integrated facility management plays a crucial role in ensuring the health and well-being of office environments and facilities. With their expertise in cleaning, maintenance, and safety protocols, facility management professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and resources to the table. By outsourcing these responsibilities to specialized providers like TEAM Group, businesses can streamline operations, optimize resources, and achieve higher standards of cleanliness and safety.

Additionally, industrial facility management services often leverage advanced technologies and best practices to deliver efficient and effective solutions tailored to the unique needs of each facility. From preventive maintenance programs to emergency response plans, these services provide peace of mind to businesses and employees alike, knowing that their workplace is in capable hands.


Creating and Sustaining Healthier, Happier Work Environments

Incorporating these practices into everyday operations not only promotes the physical health and safety of employees but also contributes to their overall well-being and happiness. A clean, organized, and secure workplace fosters a positive atmosphere conducive to productivity, creativity, and collaboration.

Moreover, by showing care and consideration for the building and its occupants, businesses cultivate a sense of belonging and loyalty among employees, strengthening their relationship with the workplace. This, in turn, leads to greater job satisfaction, reduced turnover rates, and improved employee retention – all of which are essential for long-term success and growth.


As we celebrate the month of love, let us not forget to extend our affection and appreciation to the spaces that support us day in and day out. By showing our buildings some love through diligent maintenance and management, thorough cleaning, and proactive safety measures through continuous improvement and world class Fortune 500 OEM and Tier 1 customers and suppliers, we create healthier, happier work environments where employees can thrive and succeed together.

After all, a little love goes a long way in building strong and enduring relationships – both with our colleagues and with the spaces we inhabit into amazing workplaces.