Vector image of a male janitor cleaning an office

It has longtime been the norm for janitors cleaning an office or commercial property to show up near the end of or after the shifts of the employees who work there. Consequently, office workers have had little to no contract with the people who clean their workspace. But the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated that offices be cleaned more thoroughly and often, meaning that janitors are working different hours than before. With the employees who sat at the desks of these offices now returning after working from home, the two groups are starting to finally interact, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Jennifer Jones, regional operations manager for Property Management at JLL Atlanta says the simple sight of a janitor in the office gives employees a piece of mind.The employees are comforted even more when they see janitors clean high touch surfaces throughout the day.

Renee Williams, chief strategy officer for Building Cleaning Solutions, tells Atlanta Business Chronicle that her team used to only spot clean at night and do more detailed cleaning once a week before the pandemic. Now the business is doing less floor buffing and more disinfecting.

ABM is accommodating the changing needs of customers during the pandemic by offering tiered levels of service where businesses can elect to have more heavy duty cleaning and disinfecting done. The company says these services are based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization Guidelines. 

To read more about how cleaning is changing in offices, read the Atlanta Business Chronicle's full article here.