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  • SAVE MORE IN THE NEW YEAR - OUR 5 BEST LABOR SAVING S.T.E.P.S.

    by Vickie Holland | Jan 11, 2019



    Labor costs can add up fast!
    Today’s organizations are continually searching for new and creative ways to save money. 
    Here are 5 Labor Saving
    S.T.E.P.S that will save you money and help increase your bottom line.

    1. SAFETY: All employees are entitled to a safe workplace. Personal protective equipment “PPE” should be included in all training programs to protect the employee from injuries and time away from work. Another great practice in protecting employees is investing in ergonomic equipment or tools. Risk exposure factors include lifting heavy items, bending, reaching, pushing and pulling, and performing repetitive tasks. Some good examples are the Ecolab PHAZER backpack and 3M Mop and Finish Applicator System. These tools are designed to be more efficient by requiring fewer trips back and forth to refill chemicals or finish. Using backpacks avoids bending, lifting and tripping hazards such as mop buckets. Both handles are ergonomically engineered to minimize strain injuries that can occur with repeated use.
    2. TRAINING: Training reduces overall costs and improves performance. In addition to saving on hiring and onboarding costs, training promotes consistency throughout the organization, leading to increases in efficiency and improved performance. Training provides an excellent path for your team to adopt new methods or technology. For example, are you using team or zone cleaning? Team cleaning is a more modern approach that allows the custodian to focus on one specific task (for example vacuuming or dusting). This strategy will save time and has proven easier to supervise.  For more training ideas check out one of our RCU Training Classes.  
    3. EQUIPMENT: When is the last time your company purchased new equipment? Newer equipment is designed to increase employee productivity by helping your team to work faster, smarter and safer. Having the right equipment for the job will maximize efficiencies, allow employees time for other projects and ultimately save on your labor costs.  One valuable and affordable investment is a micro-scrubber. Micro-scrubbers are smaller pieces of equipment designed to pick up more soil than a traditional mop bucket. Their smaller footprint reduces the risk of slips and fall injuries. These machines are easy to maneuver and can scrub small congested areas, increasing efficiency. We recommend i-mop scrubber, Nobles Speed Scrub or Windsor BD 30/4 Compact Scrubber.                                                                            

      Ask about our “Lease to Own” equipment program!

    4. PROCUREMENT: Your purchasing habits can have a huge effect on your bottom line. Think about all the steps involved in procurement: taking inventory, placing an order, checking the order in on delivery, putting away the supplies, reconciling the packing slip and invoice, preparing and mailing payment. Limiting the number of orders placed will allow for more time to be spent on the things that add value; for example, cleaning, disinfecting or maintaining your facility. Also, having the correct item in stock when you need it is crucial. Wasting time sourcing product at the last minute is counter-productive, stressful and time consuming.
    5. SUSTAINING FLOORS: So much time and labor is spent finishing your floors to a dazzling shine and maintaining spotless carpets. Are you pulling out all the stops to sustain your efforts? Simple steps will keep your carpets and hard floors looking great. Our #1 recommendation is investing in entrance matting. Not only does matting help keep your workplace safe from slips, trips and falls, matting helps to keep dirt and moisture out of your building.  Another excellent way to keep your floors looking bright and glossy is to use chair protectors. Chair protectors  protect floor surfaces from scratches and preserve floor finishes. These floor savers reduce floor maintenance and noise.


    We can schedule time to tour your facility and understand your cleaning challenges.
     

    Our expert Sales Leaders can recommend the best equipment, products, training programs and procurement solutions based on your needs. 

    Contact us today!