What will the new normal look like for the cleaning sector?

Date: 14th May 2020

As businesses begin to slowly open their doors, the importance of providing a clean and safe environment for the workforce, whatever the industry, is firmly at the top of the 'new normal' agenda. The FM and cleaning sector will continue to play a pivotal role.

The cleaning sector delivering front line services as the return to the workplace accelerates.

There's no doubt the coronavirus has made cleaners’ jobs more demanding. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy guidance states: “Workplaces should be cleaned more frequently, with a focus on regularly-touched objects such as door handles and keyboards. Employers are told to provide hand-washing facilities or hand sanitisers at entry and exit points.”

The coronavirus crisis has led to a reappraisal of what constitutes an “important job”. Particularly when statistics suggest that key workers are more likely to die of Covid-19 than those of us who are able to work from home.

Cleaners are one group who, until now, were rarely seen due to carrying out their duties before employees started work and sometimes after they have left. But recent events have pulled them right into the limelight. The term “deep cleans” is being banded about but without much discussion on the people who are going to carry these out, and whether they are in fact ready, have the necessary support and whether there are enough of them available/willing to put themselves on the front-line.

The 'new normal' is likely to mean that cleaning businesses will need to expand their workforces, offer more training and PPE so they can safely carry out the cleans. It's also imperative that cleaning companies plan their scheduling strictly to prevent operatives moving too often from job to job.  Dedicated roles and jobs at the same location is going to be key to protect potential spread of any infection.

EziTalent a flexible solution through an app-based temporary ‘Labour as a service’ staffing solution within the security, FM and cleaning sectors. It allows workers to find flexible temporary work opportunities with large corporates operating in traditional, regulated industries.

The solution uses data and automation to solve complex tasks that large traditional labour providers handle on a day-to-day basis. Key tasks such as payroll management, background checking and license checking, company-worker matching and performance management are automated for both companies and employees seeking permanent and temporary contracts. 

A pool of screened workers will be matched, and then scheduled into the Ezitracker platform; for the first time providing transparency and control over a company’s temporary staff.

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