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Tag: office cleaning services

How Offices & Cleaning Services in Calgary Will Change in a Post-Covid World

Is the pre-pandemic office structure gone forever? If you ask most business leaders, the answer is YES! Working remotely became a necessity during COVID, but it looks like this trend could continue indefinitely.

“Our best estimate is that 25-30% of the workforce will be working-from-home multiple days a week by the end of 2021”, says Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics.

Offices in Calgary will be More Flexible and Adaptable

Although the pandemic forced companies and managers to pivot quickly (and often chaotically) to a remote work structure, that hard work for most companies is now complete. With the structures already in place, many businesses are now offering employees a hybrid attendance model. And employees are liking it, with many saying they would even take a pay cut in order to work from home.

Flexibility and adaptability of offices spaces of the future will be key. Many of these features will include:

  • modular furniture that can be moved as needed
  • shared desks that can be used by employees when in the office
  • increased meeting and brainstorming space versus dedicated office space
  • robust on-line file access and sharing for working off-site

Effective Cleaning Services in Calgary Offices to Keep Employees Healthy

For those businesses that must have in-person employees, or have employees in the office part of the week, the post-pandemic protocol will continue to include more safety measures:

  1. Disinfecting stations will be available throughout the offices, especially near kitchens and washrooms. Air purifiers and well maintained HVAC systems will ensure cleaner air.

2. Office cleaning programs will include more robust disinfecting and employees will be reminded to clear off desks for regular wiping.

3. For some, wearing masks in the office (or staying home) when they are experiencing a regular cold or flu may also become the norm, cutting down on the spread of illness.

Worker Productivity Based on Results, Not Bums-in-Seats

“But how will we know employees are being productive working from home?”, ask many business managers. Management experts continue to remind us that we need to be managing by results, not from bums-in-seats. When I was in media sales, the old adage from managers was, “We want to see your faces at the beginning of the day, and again at the end of the day, and the rest of the day you should be out selling”. I always thought it was a ridiculous rule! We were paid on 100% commission so seeing our faces didn’t matter, it was sales results that should have mattered.

Research shows that managers who have worked remotely are more likely to trust employees, focus on results and endorse this way of working. They also know the many benefits of working from home including:

  • more engaged, happier employees
  • employees who are able to work more effectively according to their natural rhythms (night hawks hate having to be productive first thing in the morning, but will happily work into the wee hours of the night)
  • remote workers benefit from spending less on gas and buying lunches
  • less commuting means less car pollution for the environment

There are so many terrible things that came from the pandemic, but there is one benefit that came out of it . . . there are now more options than ever to structure your workplace in a way that keeps employees happy and safe.

EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services in Calgary, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management. 

Covid Cleaning and Prevention Solutions for Calgary Homes & Businesses

With the threat of Coronavirus now in Canada, it’s important to look at your work place plan for infection control . . . if you have a plan.Prevention and treatment for outbreaks is key to health and safety for your building occupants and customers. This includes infection prevention and control for MRSA, Norovirus and Influenza. And should it continue spreading, for Coronavirus prevention as well.

“With the possibility of Coronavirus spreading to Calgary, we believe it’s important that people are aware of our large area Clorox electrostatic disinfection service,” says EFS Clean President, John Kangles.  “This service can quickly disinfect up to 18,000 sq. ft per hour and now includes a kill claim for the Coronavirus as well as MRSA and other contagious infections.” 

Health Canada Registered Disinfecting Kills Coronavirus, Norovirus and Cold/Flu Virus

“Using Clorox brand solutions, we have the kill claims for preventing Coronavirus, as well as Influenza and many other viruses,” says John.

This electrostatic disinfection service kills 99.9% of bacteria in 5 seconds. With 20 organism claims, it kills cold and flu viruses, MRSA and norovirus as well as Coronavirus in 2 minutes or less.

John says, “For large facilities like airports, hospitals and schools, electrostatic disinfecting is extremely effective as it covers large areas and like powder coat painting, it adheres the disinfectant to every surface, even hard to reach areas like crevices and undersides.”

Office Cleaning & Janitorial Services Should Include Disinfecting for Infection Prevention

Infection prevention through electrostatic disinfection should be part of your regular cleaning protocol for:

  • facility janitorial services
  • assisted living facility cleaning services
  • work camp cleaning services
  • healthcare cleaning services
  • seniors care cleaning services
  • recreation centre and gym cleaning services
  • medical office cleaning services
  • dental office cleaning services
  • restaurant and kitchen cleaning services
  • hotel cleaning services
  • transportation cleaning services

For more information on this service, please contact EFS Clean in Calgary at 403.949.3344 or visit EFS Clean Electrostatic Disinfection.

EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management. 

5 Easy Practices for Infection Control in Your Workplace

Do you have a plan to protect your staff, customers and building occupants from the spread of illness? Healthy workers and customers means a healthier bottom line to your business.  And prevention of illness is key to that. 

For example, a thoroughly cleaned and disinfected facility means improved profitability through:

  • 80% reduced probability of catching a cold or flu
  • 62% reduction in contaminated surfaces
  • 46% reduction in absenteeism

Do This to Stay Healthy

Hand Washing – One of the simplest and most important methods to prevent the spread of illness. Wash hands often, especially when you are around sick people or are in populated spaces such as schools, healthcare facilities, etc. Wash hands with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol gel can also be used to decontaminate hands.

Keep Tissues on Hand

Cover your Mouth and Nose – Germs from a cough or sneeze can travel up to three feet! Use a tissue and then wash your hands after sneezing or coughing. No tissue? Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow, rather than into your hands. If you use your hands (old habits die hard), wash them immediately.

Get Vaccinated – Please protect yourself and those around you by getting vaccinated!

Stay Home – If you are sick, stay home to keep from spreading it to others. I know it’s hard to believe, but the office will survive a day or two without you.

Office Cleaning Services Detail Work Will Pay for Itself.

Check Your Office Cleaning Services – Talk to your office cleaning company to ensure they are using certified disinfectants on high-touch areas such as light switches, door handles, keyboards, etc. You may have to pay slightly more for this detail work but it will save you money with increased productivity and decreased absenteeism.

Electrostatic Disinfecting for Faster, Cost-effective Infection Prevention in Schools, Nursing Homes and Healthcare.

One More Thing You Should Do – Ask us about the innovation of electrostatic disinfecting, now offered as part of our office cleaning services in Calgary. This technology provides fast, cost-effective disinfection, particularly in large facilities such as schools, assisted living, seniors housing and healthcare facilities.

EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management. 

Beware of the Cost of the “Lowest Price” for Office Cleaning Services in Calgary

The “lowest price” game is a bad business strategy. Unfortunately, it is a common one.

I saw it when I was in radio advertising. The unskilled salespeople resorted to selling their “puffs of broadcast air” based on price. Those of us who were good marketers and competent salespeople, sold that same air for top dollar based on valuable expertise and a track record of quality advice and results.

The construction business is another industry challenged with low-balling. And from my current perspective, commercial and office cleaning services in Calgary have some of the worst culprits of this same bidding strategy. Some cleaning companies in Calgary do it because it’s a lazy method of winning business requiring no expertise. Certain service buyers do it because they don’t value facility cleanliness and they believe they are helping their bottom line. Both parties soon discover this is a costly way of doing business.

Even worse, we are now seeing cleaning equipment manufacturers evolving their business to target the low margin operators. At a recent meeting, we chatted with a manufacturer’s rep who proudly told us they are now selling a vacuum that is specifically built for spot cleaning. Knowing cleaning companies’ margins are getting smaller, they developed this vac to let the cleaners cut corners and save time. Of course, this is a problem for the client who, according to the scope of work in the contract, is expecting a full vacuum and is unknowingly only get spot cleans.

Just recently, our company, EFS Clean, lost a contract to a lower bidding commercial cleaning company. We had bid the job realistically, for what we knew it would take to do the job right. A strategy that we pride ourselves on. Sure enough, a few months later this client called and asked if we could take over the contract. The low bidding cleaner they had originally chosen was doing a terrible job and the client finally realized that the low price they were paying was causing the cleaner to take short-cuts. It ended up costing the client a remedial clean to get their facility back up to standards as well as time and energy to fire and re-hire the services.

If you are looking to hire a cleaning services company in Calgary and you see a bid that is much lower than the others, BEWARE, and do your due diligence with the following:

  • Talk to that cleaning company about their time and task schedule. Are they allowing enough hours to do the job you are expecting? The cleaning business is not rocket science. It is based on time required for scope of work requested. In fact, the ISSA (association for the Worldwide Cleaning Industry), provides a guideline for cleaning times which credible cleaning companies use when allocating labour hours to cleaning tasks.
  • Inquire as to what the cleaning company’s employee compensation position is. Do they pay a fair or better wage to their cleaners? How long have their employees been with them? If a company can do a job for much less, then something is being compromised. That something is usually employee wages. It’s the client who will then pay when these undervalued cleaners leave to find better opportunities or do a poor job because they are not respected for their work.
  • Ask about the size of cleaning crews and flexibility of personnel. A mom-and-pop cleaning operation may be able to do the job for less, but the client suffers by only having two cleaners available. What happens when one of the cleaners is sick? Or they are always late and in a rush because they have to get to the next job? We recently got a call from a client who wanted us to take over the cleaning from a mom-and-pop operation because the two people doing the work could no longer keep up with what this growing company needed.
  • Find out what the low bidding company’s policy is on pricing adjustments. Typically what happens is a company will provide a low bid to get a job. Then once they are in, they will constantly come back to the client asking for more money for one task and then another, because they don’t have enough time to get it done. Eventually, the client pays just as much or more than if they would have gone with an honest, more realistic bid.
  • Evaluate your results, on-going. If you decide to hire the cheapest guy, then evaluate the work regularly to ensure the standard is where it needs to be. If the work quality drops because the cleaners can’t afford the time, then have a 30-day clause to get out of the contract. Better yet, don’t get yourself into this situation to start and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration.

Listen to reason when it comes to pricing. If a higher priced service provider gives you a reasonable bid and backs it up with industry guidelines, ethical beliefs in staffing and a genuine goal to help your business then this is much more valuable to you than a low price.

Remember the old adage, “you get what you pay for” ? The same can be said for your building and office cleaning services so shop wisely and beware of those that are luring you with price versus expertise, experience and honesty.


EFS Clean is locally-owned-and-grown, taking pride in being a trusted commercial and office cleaning company in Calgary since 2005. Our services include quality assured building and office cleaning services, construction cleaning, ceiling cleaning, carpet cleaning, floor stripping and waxing, restaurant cleaning services, window cleaning services and electrostatic disinfection. Let us help you get a better clean by calling 403-949-3344 or send us a message on our Contact Us page.