At ISSA 2016, we are pooling our best Productivity Tips in hopes of elevating the entire cleaning industry. The following tips were gathered at the ProTeam booth during day one. Follow ProTeam on Twitter for more.
1. Engage Frontline Cleaners
“The best way to improve the work is to involve the people doing the work. When frontline team members have a systemic way of generating and implementing ideas, productivity and morale improve. Engaged workers are more productive.” University of Washington Custodial Services Director Gene Woodard (right).
2. Switch to Backpack Vacuums
“With a ProTeam backpack vacuum, you can vacuum the same area in less than half the time as an upright.” – Thomas Taylor, ProTeam E-Commerce Sales Manager
3. Limit Meetings to One Hour
Alan Bigger, Executive Director of Simon Institute, works to develop official cleaning standards for the whole industry. He says, “Anything that can’t be accomplished in a one hour meeting can’t be accomplished in a meeting.”
4. Turn Off Your Ringer
“I turn my ringer off, so I can check my phone only when I want to check it. It helps to corral the temptation to be distracted.” – Copy Editor and Proofreader Linda Bigger
5. Never Touch it Twice
“My philosophy is never touch it twice. Finish the task, put away the folder, and answer the email the first time you touch it.” – Jim Heron of McConnell-Spadafora
6. Focus on High Traffic Areas
“Focus your vacuuming on high traffic areas. That’s where the soil gets tracked to the rest of he building.” – Charlie Janowicz, Equipment Sales Manager for Hill & Markes
7. Email is Secondary
Director of Building Custodial and Support Services for Western Michigan University Steve Gilsdorf prioritizes phone calls and face-to-face meetings over email. Not only do phone calls tend to be more urgent, but one five-minute phone call can replace many emails.
8. Cross it Off the List
“Multitasking is not more productive. Finish what you’re doing and cross it off the list.” – Ronda Hofmann of TRC Marketing (right)
9. Group Like Tasks
“Group like tasks together to maximize your productive rhythm.” – ProTeam Sales Operations Manager Tracy Elliott
10. Schedule Email Checks
Steve Towery of Plexus (right) recommends checking your email at set times in the day. He checks his every two hours. This helps prevent email from unnecessarily eating up time.
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