November’s strange weather in the US and Europe

Unseasonally early and heavy snow falls across the US.  Definitely time to ensure a full stock of clearing salts, grit, pipes insulated and winter tyres and / or chains are all to hand.

Credits: 8:22 p.m. update: Live storm coverage – The Daily News Online

An alternative means by which to clear the snow on top of your vehciel, where the roads are open, but perhaps not necessarily the most recommended!  I would not have wanted to be the vehicle following / filming.


Aside from safety issues, from an keeping the office clean perspective, the challenge faced is ensuring more snow is left outside, rather than brought into the building and where it is, what’s the best way to keep it clean and dry. The most obvious suggestions are:

  • ask people to knock off excess snow before walking into the building (sometimes it’s easier to state the obvious rather than relying on others to take action);
  • put down matting or equivalent to absorb some of the moisture
  • ask the teams responsible for cleaning to focus more time and effort in the short terms on those areas with heavy footfall, particularly from the outside in.

London on the other hand, like other parts of Europe is experiencing more milder weather than is normal for November.

Whether this pattern is associated with a more long term change, a temporary redirection in the jet stream is a topic that many will debate over and over and at times, probably in a fairly heated manner.

Credits: Climate Change, the Jet Stream and Wacky Weather – Decoded Science

In heavy snowfall, it is generally good practise to only travel if/ when really needed, to check on those who may not be able to cope as well on their own and wrap up warm when you do go outside.  Government guidelines to keeping warm in extreme weather.



The True Importance of a Clean Workspace for Your Business

On the average, your employees spend more than 160 hours every month in the office. For some, they consider their workplace their second home, as it is a place where they earn for a living. Being an employer who want your business to succeed, you also wanted to maximise your manpower to achieve the goals you set.

Providing your employees with a clean working space is vital in ensuring productivity. It is motivating, as your employees will realise you care about them. A clean workspace is more than a positive aesthetic, it is also a way of preventing the spread of germs that can cause sickness. Thus, resulting to a positive company image.

To elaborate the importance of a clean workspace for your business. We got you three of its amazing benefits!

A Clean Environment Foster a Motivated Workforce

Who would want to work in a cramped, dusty, and dirty working space? You know how important people are in a business. They are your most valuable capital, and as an employer it is your responsibility to provide them with clean and ergonomic work area that can encourage creativity and productivity. A grimy workplace is a source of frustration, and frustration causes stress.

It does not only pays off to take time to check your employees’ working areas. You can send them note to personally take care of their work spaces to let them know that you are detailing these matters. However, more than that, you may need to hire a reputable commercial cleaning service to facilitate this for your business.

A Clean Environment Helps Build Your Company’s Image 

First impressions can make or break your business. Some client’s would like to see the work areas during meetings. If your office looks like a modern-day jungle, your clients may reach a conclusion that you will treat their business the same way. If you are in your client’s shoes, will you entrust your business with people who cannot live up with basic organisation?

Whether you believe it or not, cleanliness builds trust. In offices where information is a lifeline, clients value the sense of reliability and security, and they want to feel this atmosphere the moment they walk in your office.

A Clean Environment is good for the Health

As we mentioned above, a clean workspace foster motivation and productivity. To do this, your employees should feel good about their work, free from hazards and free from sickness. Imagine if your top-employee has an allergic rhinitis and the entire office is always dusty. People work to survive, and the office only let the germs thrive, this may spell trouble for your people.

Promote quality in every areas of your business. An organised and clean working environment can make a big difference.