Not many people get to see the office in it's after hour glory. The hustle and bustle of the day is over. Very few, if any, employees remain. It's dark and quiet. As the office cleaner, the building is an empty canvas and you are alone and free. Anything goes, right?
Wrong! As the person entrusted to enter and work in the building when no one else is around, you still need to uphold a high standard of professionalism. Below are 4 things NOT to do in order to remain professional as a commercial cleaner.
Be respectful, even when you are frustrated.
There is always "that" person: The one who seems to always miss the trash can or who empties 32 ounces of liquid into the wastebasket daily, leaving a drippy mess. No matter how thoughtless an employee may seem to be, they aren't likely doing these things to make your life difficult. It may seem tempting to leave a passive-aggressive note or pull off a tiny office prank, but that is never a good idea. Part of professionalism is being respectful of the people you are cleaning up after.
Don't swap the family photos or coffee cups.
You have your earbuds in and you are rocking out to the playlist that turns you into a cleaning machine. Don't get too far into the zone that you lose track of what you are doing. If one of your responsibilities is dusting or wiping down work areas, make sure you know where everything came from. No one wants to find their personal belongings on a neighbor's desk.
Keep your hands to yourself, no matter how innocent it may seem.
It's late and you forgot to bring something to snack on while you work. No one is around, and there is a break room with so many tempting things! No one will notice if you have just a tiny treat, and if they do notice they are far more likely to blame a coworker than the office cleaner they never see.
Stop! Don't do it. It is vital to remain ethical in this job and never take anything that isn't yours. This applies to food, papers, staplers and anything else that doesn't belong to you. Theft is theft, regardless of what it is, and it can have big consequences.
Don't be a no-show.
Professionals show up, do the job to the best of their ability and take pride in their work. A dependable cleaner is an employed cleaner. It's especially important if you are the only cleaner for a client. The job needs to get done, and if you are unreliable you won't have a job for long.
As an office cleaner, make your goal to remain invisible. Let the employees think that the cleaning fairies come in the night and magic makes the office clean and sparkly for them. Important aspects of professionalism include respect, focus, ethical decision-making, and dependability.
To learn more about professionalism in office building cleaning, contact a local commercial cleaning service.