Take A Minute To Thank A Cleaner
The “Thank A Cleaner” program is a new initiative from ManageMen that recognizes the hard work of custodial cleaners across the country. The program was inspired by the work and leadership of Jim Ginnaty, a man who continually worked to recognize and improve the plight of custodial workers. It is designed to encourage and motivate staff by acknowledging their commitment and sacrifice.
While most of the population rests, cleaners are lifting heavy trash bags and mop buckets, pushing vacuums and pulling overstocked carts. But this effort doesn’t come without a price. Due to the labor-intensive nature of their work, janitors have one of the highest rates of job-related injuries. Injuries from slips and falls or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that cause extreme pain in areas such as their backs (46 percent of all custodial-related MSDs), shoulders (15 percent of custodial-related MSDs), necks and legs. Injuries that can potentially impact their ability to work their other job or enjoy what free time they have with family.
According to ManageMen, it’s time we shine more light on our cleaners. If you manage a custodial operation, make sure to dedicate time to recognizing your team. Host an awards ceremony. Provide a meal. Encourage other departments in your business to show appreciation for the people on your team. Put a spotlight on someone on your team each week so everyone can have a chance to get to know them a little better. Your team deserves recognition.
If you see a janitor in the buildings where you work or visit, take a moment to thank them. Let them know how much you appreciate what they do.
Share your ideas or pictures of the ways you show appreciation for your cleaning staff on social media. Use the hashtag #thankacleaner.
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