The state of the economy has left many organizations trying to cut costs and keep their heads above water. With a poor economy, prioritization becomes an important factor and one of the ways companies and even government institutions have been dealing with the budget cuts and limited spending policies is outsourcing some of their services.
One of the most capital-intensive services is cleaning and most companies are now outsourcing such services to external entities. Sometimes other organizations outsource such services for very different reasons other than cutting costs. The following are some of the reasons why outsourcing your cleaning services is better than doing it in-house and why you should use it.
1. Cost effective
There are several ways in which outsourcing your cleaning services can reduce your spending. First, a professional cleaning company will get the job done in far less time than an in-house team. Secondly, unlike your procurement department, these cleaning companies get faire prices on supplies, cleaning equipment and refillables such as cleaning agents such as soaps, toilet papers, hand towels, and paper towels. There is also the reduced expenses and effort in screening, recruiting and managing an in house cleaning crew. When you outsource, you hand over the burden of managing employees to the cleaning company. This time and resources can be spent in more crucial areas of the business therefore ensuring a smoother and more efficient operation.
2. Best cleaning results
The business world is a very competitive environment and your cleaning service company knows this, they know that you have unlimited options when it comes to cleaning companies. This provides enough motivation not just to make sure the prices they offer are competitive, but also to work hard and give you the best services possible. The company will adjust itself accordingly to make sure that the services that you receive are the best possible.
When necessary, they will increase the number of staff on site or adjust the working hours to suit your specific needs. This is not something you would expect from an in-house cleaning team. They might lack motivation and have no reason, other than losing their jobs, to be worried about anything. They, therefore offer the bare minimum effort just enough to keep their jobs. This is counterproductive and makes it harder to set a culture of responsibility among other employees.
3. Benefit from their experience and expertise
Whether we like or not, we cannot spend top dollar on our in-house cleaning teams. For this reason, most of the cleaners take the job as a transitional job as they wait for the next better job. This makes you end with people who do not have a lot of experience. On the other hand, outsourcing your cleaning services gives you access to professionally trained agents who know exactly what they are doing and can handle anything that you throw on them. They know what tools to use and which cleaning agents to use in every situation and the best part is that they do the work in less time than an in-house team would. Whether you are a medical facility and require industry specific type of cleaning or are serious about going green and therefore require you cleaners to be green, you get professional service that is not easy to refute. Additionally most of the professional cleaning services will have other services that you can pick from like carpet cleaning air duct cleaning.
4. Transfer of the time and management intensive services to the contractor
Hiring managing and firing staff is not easy or cheap affair. There is a lot of time involved between hiring them, training them, and supervising them. This makes it your business to handle all this, which might lead to you hiring even more employees just to manage the cleaning crew. There is also the issue of tracking supplies and spending time and money buying them. Handing over all this responsibility to a contractor clears a load off your shoulder so that you can focus on running the business. Since the contractors get the best deals when they buy the cleaning supplies and equipment they will not charge you too much even if those costs are included in the pricing. Therefore, you save money both on supplies and the fact that you do not have to buy or maintain any cleaning equipment.
5. Transfer of liability and insurance cover to the cleaning company
Cleaning is not an easy task and you are therefore required to have an insurance cover to cover both the employees and yourself against accidents. When you outsource your cleaning services, you transfer al this burden to the cleaning company and other than cover their employees, they can also include you in their cover so that you are shielded from being sued by a third party.