Spring is most definitely here, with longer days and nicer weather…and lots of cleaning tasks to tackle. And yes, we mean at work. You might think of spring cleaning as a household project only, but it is just as important to take on this annual ritual as a fleet manager too.
The benefits of spring cleaning
Spring cleaning is a tradition dating back centuries in many different cultures. Do a little research, and you’ll see the reasons range from religious to required. Regardless of the reasons for the tradition, however, the fact is, spring cleaning is good for us, both physically and psychologically.
Physically, spring cleaning can help with allergies by literally cleaning out the dust and grime that builds up during the winter months when buildings, doors and windows tend to be shut tight. Psychologically, spring cleaning is an opportunity to declutter and start fresh.
But for a business, there are even more benefits. First off, there is branding, because you want people pulling into your parking lot to get a good first impression, whether they are potential customers or potential employees. Speaking of employees, spring cleaning is also good for morale. Everyone feels better and more energetic working in a clean and orderly environment! Finally, clean begets clean. We tend to keep clean what is already clean, meaning your investment in spring cleaning should result in everyone trying a little harder to keep the facilities in good shape—including your vehicles!
Tips for tackling spring cleaning at your facility
Knowing every fleet manager has a different situation to deal with, we offer you below some general tips for spring cleaning to (we hope) motivate you to take on this task this spring, creating your own specific task list as you go.
Outsourcing can be a huge help
Don’t think everything has to be done in-house. If you already outsource your fleet cleaning, you know how that takes a load off of your shoulders! Other tasks can be outsourced as well, so make a list and get the professionals scheduled. Your list might include the following but make sure to include tasks specific to your facility too:
Take note of additional tasks and schedule them
As you’re going about the tasks of cleaning and decluttering, make a list of things that need attention or repair, and schedule to get them done during the spring and summer months. These kinds of tasks might include fixing a leaky toilet, repainting the stripes in the parking lot, replacing a cracked window or broken blind, or patching the asphalt in the maintenance bay.
Trying to get everything done at once is only overwhelming. Instead, use this opportunity to simply make the list of things to do, then schedule them over time. That way they’re much more likely to get done. And next year when you tackle the big spring cleaning, you’ll find you have a lot less to tackle!
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