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Stay At Home Dads

The “Leave It To Beaver” stereotype of a pearl-wearing, vacuuming wife and a bread-winning husband days are coming to an end!

Stay at home Dads are on the rise. Recent Australian studies reveal that the number of Australian stay-at-home dads has almost doubled over the past decade, from 58,800 to 107,600  and it is predicted that numbers will only rise with the shift from maternity leave to parental leave.

Aussie dads are a diverse bunch, from workaholics to stay at home Dads.  Twenty percent of Australia’s population is made up of dads.  There are approximately 4.7 million dads in Australia, with an estimated 2.2 million dads currently with children aged under eighteen and the average age of a new father is now thirty-three years of age.

There are about 1.8 million fathers living with their children, aged fifteen years and under. Almost all ninety-seven percent of these fathers were in couple families, with the remaining three percent
(or 58,000) being single fathers.

Traditionally men are the main income provider or breadwinner in the family and women are traditionally primarily responsible for the domestic and caring roles. With the increase in women’s participation in the labour force, many mothers have less time available to undertake domestic chores. At the same time there has been an increasing recognition that the father’s role and his relationship with a child is important.

A mother’s absence in the home leaves a gaping impact on her children’s development, right?

No! Children are very good at adjusting and having dad at home instead of mum will become just normal.

Stay at home Dads often perform duties which involves school lunches, homework, all pick-ups and drop-offs and after-school activities, housework, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, house and car maintenance.

Figures show that in Australia there are approximately 144,000 stay at home dads with dependent children. This means that of the 4.4 million dependent children in couple families where one parent is employed full time, three percent have a mother who is employed outside of the household, while the father is either not employed or works from home.

Changing Your Commercial Cleaning Company

Make the most out of the transfer when Changing Your Commercial Cleaning Company!

Do you you feel as though your Commercial Cleaning Company isn’t right for you? Consider Changing Your Commercial Cleaning Company!

The standards upheld by any Commercial Cleaning staff member are ultimately decided by the Commercial Cleaning Company – as long as an individual cleaner meets the expectations set by the head of their Commercial Cleaning Company, you don’t have a lot of control over raising the standards.

 

Whenever you consider changing your Commercial Cleaning Company, focus on evaluating their ability to manage the motivation, training and intentions of the Commercial Cleaners they’ll be providing to you.

  • Do you think they demonstrate effective management procedures?
  • Do they have a track record of evaluating performance and taking steps to raise performance benchmarks?

Signs that your new Commercial Cleaning Company is committed to excellence might include:

  • A review of the Commercial Cleaning Company tasks you require and whether you have had specific areas of difficulty / grievance with cleaners through your last Commercial Cleaning Company.
  • An introductory consultation to introduce new Commercial Cleaning staff to their newest employer/service buyer
  • A documented selection and recruitment policy – so you know any new staff hired after your contract is signed will continue the same level of quality work and commitment.
  • Ensure that the hiring process involves a thorough application, police check and references even when the positions are not advertised publicly.
  • A clear job profile has been drawn up for the task(s) of cleaning your premises – detailing what tasks are expected from the new Commercial Cleaning Company, and that they will be expected to re-clean any areas that have been deemed as not up to standard by you – the service buyer – as well as by their supervisor or employer.
  • A process for ensuring new and existing employees are aware of Workplace Health and Safety standards, both in general and as applied to your workplace specifically
  • During a consultation or quote, as well as outlining whatever you’d like to see improve after you transfer Commercial Cleaning Companies, ask the prospective Commercial Cleaning Company if they have any recommendations for how you could improve efficiency of the operation.

In summary, when you consider changing your cleaning provider, this is the best chance you have to make sure that the new Commercial Cleaning Company chosen by you will invest their time, energy and management skills in the Commercial Cleaners that will be servicing your business.

Footprint Services will be glad to offer you a tailored, no-obligation quote to meet your commercial needs.

Hunter Valley Commercial Cleaning Companies

Who Suits Your Business Best?

If you’re looking to contract with Hunter Valley Commercial Cleaning Companies, you’ll find you have quite a few options in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region. Some of them are going to suit your business needs better than others, and some of them will offer different ways of meeting your priorities.

You may be looking for lowest-cost cleaning and happy to sacrifice a little of the quality or professionalism of the cleaning staff you deal with. If your budget is your number one priority, it’s also likely that you won’t have as much control over when cleaning staff can come in and perform their duties, or how often.

Different price levels of cleaning services might offer to carry out a wide range of cleaning tasks but draw the line at others, and you’ll find that some commercial cleaning operations are qualified to deal with hygiene product waste disposal whereas other operations will have to leave this aspect of facilities management to someone else.

 

Before you make the first phone call or send an email looking for a quote, it will help to know exactly what it is you’re looking for from a Commercial Cleaning Company. This way, you can be assured when comparing quotes that you are comparing like for like. Make a list of necessities and preferences – things which you’d ideally like your cleaning contractor to offer but which aren’t absolute requirements.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • How many days a week do you think you need cleaning done, and for how many hours each shift?
  • Would you rather that cleaning happened at very specific times? And does this depend on the type of cleaning / office area?
    • For example, you might need someone to come in and vacuum the floor of your business every night after closing or every morning before opening, and you might want someone to come in and clean the staff kitchens during the two hours after staff take their lunch. You might want to arrange a certain minimum amount of cleaning to be done daily, and arrange for extra areas to be attended or special tasks to be done weekly or monthly.
  • What are the areas that need to be cleaned in order to comply with health and safety standards, and how often?
  • What are the key areas that are important for keeping up appearances for customers and clients? What daily or weekly tasks need to be done to achieve this?
  • What are some items of cleaning that might really help with staff morale if they were regularly done by a contractor?
  • Is it important to your brand image or organisational values to use a greener service with eco-conscious cleaning products?
  • Are you responsible for the outside of your premises, e.g. cleaning gutters before fire season?
  • Do you want a cleaning company who can also provide some general maintenance services?
  • Are you looking for a Commercial Cleaning Company that has onsite team leaders that you can discuss important changes or extra services with?
  • Are you looking for ground floor window cleaning
  • Are you looking for a Commercial Cleaning Company that has a track record of great service and consistent results

 

We hope this list of prompts has got you started thinking about what services your ideal cleaning contractor will offer. Footprint Services will be glad to offer you a tailored, no-obligation quote to meet your commercial needs.

Commercial Cleaning for an Office Clean-out

A Commercial Cleaning Company that guarantees a clean and a fresh smelling office without the stress!

 

Moving offices can often be stressful and disruptive to your business especially with the added stress of cleaning the old office and sometimes the new office will need to be cleaned before you move in.

Either way you will need to find or speak to your current Commercial Cleaning Service for an Office Clean-out to get everything clean and smelling fresh when you move out of your old offices.

 

There are a number of reasons why you might find yourself needing to vacate an area, a floor or a whole suite of offices:

  • You’re moving to a different building.
  • You’re downsizing, getting ready to share office space with a subletting tenant.
  • You’re about to renovate, so you’re shifting your staff out of their usual spaces. Large companies typically do this floor by floor, moving teams around the office rather than vacating a whole facility.

Office Clean-out Considerations:

  • Don’t underestimate the amount of cleaning that will be required. It’s easy for dust, grime and office bric-a-brac to pile up unseen beneath the rows of hardware and furniture, some of which may have been there for years.
  • When moving into a new space you will need to arrange cleaning of the new office and furniture so it is clean for your colleagues and staff on return to work.
  • Inspect the new and old premises, raise concerns with the Commercial Cleaning Company
  • Discuss the new cleaning duties with your Commercial Cleaning Companies team leader.

We hope that you’ll consider Footprint services as a reliable and flexible commercial cleaning solution. We’ll be glad to work with your facilities management team to ensure that your business leaves a excellent impression with your landlord, co-tenants, and your valued staff and clients are happy with your new locations cleanliness as well!

The New Restroom Look

The new restroom look, is always a hit when floors and fixtures are new and clean, but it doesn’t take long before they are put to use and become dirty and look dated, but it doesn’t have to be. The fact is though, while we all like to replace restrooms and fixtures at the first sign of stubborn stains, odours and build up, the most cost effective way to keep them clean and looking new for as long as possible is to keep up with regular cleaning and maintenance.

The belief that new is easier to clean is not necessarily true. Clean is easier to keep clean! With regular cleaning and maintenance even an “outdated” restroom can look clean and comfortable for your clients and employees.

Employing a Commercial Cleaning Company is the best way to move forward here, daily cleaning can keep your restrooms clean and odour free. Restroom cleaning can be an asset with a much greater return than most businesses think.  They look better, feel more comfortable and last longer, saving money in the long run.

Tile grout in restrooms and in high traffic area’s is often neglected, looks dirty and harbours bacteria, which causes offensive odours.  Most tiles grout is porous and over time moisture can seep through and cause water damage if the grout isn’t sealed properly.

Evan the toughest flooring materials still require regular cleaning and treatment. While it’s true that tiling doesn’t retain dirt and debris as much as carpet, it definitely still gets dirty and can even be scratched or lose the finish if not properly cleaned. Not to mention the tendency to buckle and crack under too much pressure, especially if water has seeped through and is sitting underneath the surface.

Most business owners are complacent with flooring maintenance. They might take time to regularly sweep and mop these floors, but if you want to maximize the long-term durability and appearance, regular maintenance, proper scrubbing and buffing is important for you tile longevity!

Nothing says professional like sparkling tiles and clean grout.

As residue builds up, it’s often hard to tell how sticky and dirty your tile is. Professional tools and cleaning solutions which were designed specifically for the task at hand, are capable of breaking through tough stains and build-up.

They also ensure that no cleaning solution is left behind to create another layer of sticky mess that attracts dirt  dust that can cause your tiles to be slippery and possibly cause slips and falls.

After taking a look at your floors, cleaning experts will be able to advise you on the best way to maintain and care for your tile and grout between cleanings. With daily access and experience with thousands of products, there is no one better suited to advise you!

The long term benefit will always out-weigh the cost of a service. It’s great to take on your own cleaning projects and it can be a cost saver but deep tile and grout cleaning is best left to the experts!

Commercial Cleaning Companies

Commercial Cleaning Companies – Lack of Choice and Lack of Competition

It is critical that your Professional Offices maintain a high level of safe, healthy and clean working spaces for your employees and your Clients with modern day workplace health and safety laws.

It is also essential that your Business or Professional Offices be impeccably clean and tidy when your customers and clients visit. You only get one first impression!

Cleaning companies are establishing and expanding around cities due to a rising demand for professional regular cleaning services.

But not all Cleaning Companies are the same!

Nor do they perform the same level of office cleaning, use the same cleaning products or conduct their own “Gold Standard” Training for their own team.

Over the last 10 years FootPrint Services has discovered the 7 Mistakes that Accountants, Solicitors and Professional Offices Make when Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company:

  1. They hire low cost services which cost more in the long run!
  2. They don’t hire professional commercial cleaning companies that conduct their own “gold standard” training.
  3. They fail to check for appropriate insurance and protect their business from liability!
  4. They forget to set clear expectations with their commercial cleaning company…
  5. They fail to understand that not all commercial cleaning companies are the same size, have the same experience or offer the same support…
  6. They do not hire a cleaning company that is focussed on efficiency, cleanliness and impressing the customer!
  7. They fail to do background checks and ask for references from current clientele.

Avoid using a company that outsources their work to sub-contractors – A  certain recipe for disaster… especially once you start handing over keys for afterhours cleaning. You will never know who has access to your business when you and your employees go home for the day!

Ensure that the Commercial Cleaning Company sends you certification of background checks obtained from the Australian Federal Police for the staff working at your property.

It is of the utmost importance that this is on the top of your priority list. You need to be able to trust the Commercial Cleaning Company and their employee’s to work unsupervised after hours.

FootPrint Services have put together a full report that has over ten years of experience and expertise in the Commercial Cleaning Industry and we would like to share what we have discovered with you with a complimentary report that you can down load via our website. 

Office Cleaning is Important!

 

A clean office is a Safe, Productive and Happy office!

Keeping your offices clean is important, it keeps your business dealing above board, organised, your employees happy and most importantly leaves a good impression on your clients.

Footprint services provide all your Office Cleaning needs, we have put together some facts and tips to help you choose the right Commercial Cleaning Company with you Office Cleaning Needs.

 

Research suggests that:

• 71% of workers believe that their dirty work environments made them sick
• 82% of people believe they would be more productive in a clean working environment
• Disinfecting your desk can help prevent illness, some desks can have up to 445 different bacteria
• 60% of illness is due to dirty work surfaces including the office desk

 

Is your office clean? Cleaning is Important!

If you have a high number of absentees due to illness -this can be for two reasons:

1) Poor Workplace Culture and/or

2) Poor Workplace cleanliness/Hygiene.

An obvious solution is to employ professional and reputably Commercial Cleaning Company that will maintain a high level of office cleanliness and Hygiene. Remember your office might look tidy but is it Hygienic?

You can also help by:

• A clear desk Policy – meaning that non related work material needs to be cleared from their desk (Photo frames, sentimental trinkets should be ok – within reason)

• Keep files in a place where they are easily accessibly so there is no reason to have files on the desk that aren’t needed immediately.

• Limit or stop employees eating at their desk. Eating at the desk can be a major source of bacteria, food carries bacteria that might not be harmful on digestion but can find its way on to the key board, onto stationary and drawer handles.

• Promote restroom and personal Hygiene – washing hands

But it’s not all bad news, Hire a Professional Commercial Cleaner today for your office cleaning requirements!

Contact Footprint Services for a No Obligation free Quote

Call NOW on 1300988609 for a no-obligation 2 week FREE Commercial Clean – and we promise to clean 10x Better than your current cleaning company or we will give you $500 for wasting your time!

Building a Positive Workplace Culture

Building a Positive Workplace Culture

If you have had employees resign after a few months or haven’t lived up to expectation lately that they displayed when you hired them, the reason could be that your workplace is not as positive as it could be.

 

Workplace Culture –

Your workplace culture can be the assumption shared by the workforce about what behaviors can be expected in the workplace and accepted by team members and management.

These beliefs can be reinforced by stories about behavior previously, how employees communicate with each other and management, the way they are taught and by whom.

The 12 tips to take into account are:

1. People Who Feel Good About Themselves Produce Good Results!

2. Goals! Goal setting for your employees and your self is extremely important

3. Praise! – Employers often don’t praise their employees, Thanks for doing your Job isn’t praise!

4. Positive reinforcement will always work better than negative reinforcement – both verbally and written, threatening an employee with a written warning if they don’t achieve a certain target is not positive reinforcement, it can cause resentment and animosity.

5. Help your employees reach their full potential – Catch them doing something right and praise them for it!

6. From time to time reprimands are necessary and needs to be a specific order – Praise/Reprimand/Praise.
• 1st Praise them for something that they did right!
• 2nd tell them what they did wrong (don’t reprimand the person directly but talk about their behavior instead and how they made you feel)
• 3rd praise them again (you’re a good employee john and I know you will get this right next time)

7. The best time you spent, is the time you invest in people. Get to know your employees, remember their names and a few details about them, show them your care about them!

8. Everyone is a potential Winner, some are disguised as losers, Don’t let their appearances fool you!
• Don’t “give up” on employees that are under achieving, pay attention to them, instruct them, teach them, find out what is stopping them from achieving results – Gone are the days when you can say “leave your problems at home”

9. Review your employees goals and your own goals on a regular basis, if you help your employees achieve their goals, they will help you achieve yours!

10. Share with your employees – share your success and share your failures! Grow together!

11. Promote, loyalty (be loyal to your employees-lead by example), make work enjoyable, set boundaries – work time is work time, down time is down time they never mix!

12. It’s time to get stuck in – Get stuck in with them!

Need help keeping your offices clean?

Contact Footprint Services for a No Obligation free Quote Today

Call NOW on 1300988609 for a no-obligation 2 week FREE Commercial Clean – and we promise to clean 10x Better than your current cleaning company or we will give you $500 for wasting your time!

Making That First Impression Count!

Clients will often judge the way you do business by the cleanliness of your work spaces, so it is imperative that your office is clean and tidy outside and inside.

Your employees are also affected by the cleanliness of their working environment the saying “Tidy desk, Tidy mind” hold true here and will create a more productive and organised team environment

 

Making a Good First Impression

It takes about 12 seconds for people to form lasting opinions. If your place of business is poorly maintained you are running the risk of turning away prospective clients, potential new employees and commercial opportunities.

Clients will often be asked to what in the reception area, so it ideal to make them as comfortable as possible, offensive smells, mould, cobwebs carpet stains, dirty furniture just to name a few can be often overlooked by employees because “they are use to it”

It is important to hire a Commercial Cleaning Service that takes pride in their work, have attention to detail, guarantee the their work and onsite team leaders so that minor details are not overlooked.

Establish an Enticing Entrance way

The exterior of your establishment is equally important, sidewalks widows, entrance doors and signage can be often overlooked, these are the very first impression that a potential client will notice.

A dirty and unsightly entrance can often turn people away before they have even entered your office no matter how clean, tidy and professional your business is not getting potential clients through the door can make a huge impact on revenue.

Maintenance

Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Service that provides a maintenance service is definitely important as broken locks, doors, tiles and equipment can not only put you at risk of liability claims, it can compromise the security of your premises, the effectiveness of your staff and can impact the way you as a business is viewed by your clients.

Wash areas and Toilets

Wash areas and toilets are surprisingly overlooked, a wash area and toilet that is well-stocked, clean and free of odours will be appreciated by your employees and clients, hygiene is extremely important and says a lot about your business and employees. Let’s face it most people don’t like public toilets because they are often dirty, they smell and under stocked!

Need help keeping your offices clean?

Contact Footprint Services for a No Obligation free Quote Today

Call NOW on 1300988609 for a no-obligation 2 week FREE Commercial Clean – and we promise to clean 10x Better than your current cleaning company or we will give you $500 for wasting your time!

 

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