Offices are here to stay and critical to bottom line, says c-suite execs

Survey reveals executives are prioritising workplace health and enhanced office cleaning.

More than 70 per cent of c-suite executives say in-person work is critical to their company’s bottom line and revenue, according to a new survey by the Cleaning Coalition of America.

Obstacles, however, still remain for a full return to the office, with more than two-thirds of c-suite executives saying their employees have expressed concern that in-person work could pose a health and safety risk.

In return, senior leaders are embracing enhanced cleaning of the workplace (75 per cent) and installing hand sanitiser stations (77 per cent).

Business leaders are also offering subsidies for childcare costs, transportation vouchers, and monetary incentives.

The survey was conducted in March – two years since the closure of non-essential businesses – and polled 258 US-based c-suite executives from companies representing a broad range of industries and company sizes to understand key learnings from the public health crisis and plans for a post-pandemic future.

“The COVID-19 pandemic created more awareness of the value of workplace cleaning,” said Stanley Doobin, Owner and CEO of Harvard Maintenance.

“In this post-pandemic era, increased cleaning and disinfection must be the new standard for any shared space.”

Other survey findings included:

     •  76 per cent say that the in-person workplace is essential to their company’s bottom line and revenue.

     •  75 per cent say cleaning is the number one incentive to return to the office.

     •  20 per cent cited cleaning as the most important business learning from the pandemic, followed by improving technology (17 per cent) and the benefits of remote work (15 per cent).

     •  68 per cent of businesses have moved their office location during the pandemic.

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