Teamwork can often benefit cleaning professionals and operations responsible for a busy building.
For educational facilities, regardless of whether an operation team cleans or relies on zones or routes, it is critical to include the customer — students, teachers, support staff — as part of the custodial team.
For example, if they will locate trash bins at the entry door in a classroom, custodians can spend less time searching and retrieving the waste bins.
Another example is asking students, at the end of the school day, to pick up and discard/recycle any debris around their work area that a vacuum cannot safely remove.
Not only does the customer make it easier for the custodian to service the area, but pre-cleaning responsibilities teach good citizenship.
Thinking about the tasks that require time and brainstorming with workers and customers to come up with time-saving steps can increase quality and improve results in any facility.