Thank Your Cleaner Day is on today, with the industry being urged to get behind the social initiative.
Launched in NZ in 2015 by the Building Service Contractors of NZ (BSCNZ), Thank Your Cleaner Day, supported by Kärcher, will be held on Wednesday 17 October.
Since its launch, the day has gained global attention, with around 20 countries expected to participate this year including Canada, US, UK, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Australia.
In previous years organisations have shown their recognition with various events and activities including brunches and morning teas for cleaning staff.
Building Service Contractors Association of Australian (BSCAA) president George Stamas said the association is proud to promote the event.
“Cleaners are an integral part of our industry and the service they provide to our clients ensure their environment is clean, safe and hygienic,” Stamas said.
“BSCAA are proud to be a part of promoting Thank Your Cleaner Day. It is a special day held once a year dedicated to cleaners. It gives everyone the opportunity to show their cleaners that they are valued and appreciated. On behalf of BSCAA ‘Thank You!’ to everyone involved in the cleaning industry.”
OCS Australia has more than 1000 staff working across Sydney, Queensland, Victoria and Perth at more than 200 offices, shops, warehouses, airports and more.
OCS managing director Australia and New Zealand, Gareth Marriott, is delighted to get behind the initiative once again.
“Every day tens of thousands of skilled, hardworking cleaning staff are onsite to ensure premises, working and living environments are kept clean, safe and hygienic ensuring they are ready to go for the next business day.
“Our clients are grateful for the expertise the team bring to their places of work – they know they can rely on their hard work to add value to their business through contributing to the overall work environment.”
In Queensland, OCS’ cleaners are being celebrated in a variety of ways, including a VIP tour of Carlton & United Breweries, first class meal with Qantas catering, cold drinks and ice creams at Surfers Paradise Beach and barbeques. In Sydney and around the country, the day will be celebrated at barbeques and morning teas, with specialty Thank Your Cleaner Day cupcakes.
Kärcher Australia’s Kellie Smith said it is vital to recognise the hard work cleaners do and let them know they are valued and appreciated.
“Cleaners work day, night and weekends to keep our working and living environments clean, safe and hygienic, often outside of normal working hours,” said Smith.
“We hope to see Thank Your Cleaner Day grow in awareness year on year and at Kärcher Australia, we aim to do all we can nationally to support and make this event one that we all celebrate annually.”
As part of this year’s event, Kärcher Australia has been providing marketing materials and ideas to support businesses to prepare for the day.