From a legal compliance standpoint, interviewing and screening applicants is a time of high risk for your company. Many seemingly benign questions, either on the employment application or in the interview, can lead a candidate (or court of law) to conclude that you are doing just that—discriminating against a protected class.
While a majority of BSCs clean their clients’ facilities after normal business hours—typically at night—many are now switching to day cleaning for a number of reasons. Outside of the environmental benefits due to reduced energy consumption and other factors, there are several additional positive effects for your clients, building tenants, and your staff when you move your cleaning operations to the daytime.
While there have been numerous articles in this publication and others discussing green cleaning strategies, the reality is that many BSCs are still hesitant to go green in their operations. When asked why, many say they simply do not get enough demand from their customers. Additionally, some BSCs actually believe green cleaning solutions are made of stuff like grass and wheat germ, and feel these products do not perform as well as traditional ones.
Many Cleaning Contractors may not be aware of it, but there is a big game changer coming their way when it comes to green cleaning—and it has little if anything to do with cleaning. A growing movement is underway to make the professional sports industry greener, and because professional sports is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the country, this move should have a significant impact on just about every other industry.
There are numerous ways contract cleaners can make their floor-care programs greener, especially when it comes to stripping and refinishing. And while this is certainly a pressing issue for BSCs to look into right now, with more and more facilities in both the private and public sectors transferring from carpeting to hard-surface floors, green floor cleaning will become even more important in the years to come.