Arthur J Gallagher at The Walbrook Building in LondonIn the last decade how we work has changed dramatically, including how offices are set up, furnished and utilised.

Many companies encourage working from home, at least for part of the week. This is often led by the employees’ family situation eg being able to work around childcare, or the type of work the employee carries out, such as a field-based sales person. Some companies have elected not to have a physical office at all; where all employees work from home and meet on a monthly basis at a rented conference space.

Employers are moving away from the 9-5 (or even more!) culture and concentrating on an employees’ performance. Does it really matter if someone finishes their working day 2 hours early and then resuming in the evening if they are meeting their targets?

However, a large part of our working life is communication whether spent working as part of a team, or in some cases, many teams. Whilst video conferencing can help with this, face-to-face collaboration is still the most effective and productive way to work; it’s part of the human psyche.

For all employers, large or small, whatever their working arrangements, staff absenteeism through illness is still a major problem. In 2013/14, 23.5 million days were lost due to ill health in the UK.

Guardian News and Media, headquartered at Kings Place in LondonThis has led to some companies setting up innovative, flexible workspace. Led by playground-type design and rest-pods, technology and creative companies have paved the way to keep their employees engaged, entertained at the same time providing a workspace that influences staff recruitment, retention and well-being.

A major factor in reducing staff absenteeism is making sure prevention of cross-contamination of bacteria in the workplace is as well managed as possible.

Office managers have the added problem of understanding cleaning processes and best methods to meet their requirements when managing cleaning staff. By appointing an experienced cleaning company who can also provide holiday cover for their operatives, this headache is managed by someone else freeing you up to get on with your day job.

All GCC cleaning operatives are trained to NHS Colour Coded Cleaning as a standard requirement and COSHH Safety standards as well as how to use method statements for each area to be cleaned. Every operative receives side-by-side training on their first clean. Although we appreciate that no system is fool-proof, our training programme is effective and practical.

GCC Facilities Management plc have 40 years’ experience in the industry. We employ and manage cleaners from your local area. As well as general cleaning we can also offer additional services such as window and fascia cleaning, carpet cleaning, washroom services and provision of consumable products.

If you would like a bespoke, detailed specification and quotation please let us know and we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

If you currently have other cleaning arrangements in place we can contact you when you are due to review your arrangements. Let us know when this is due and we will contact you nearer the time.