The Importance of Cleaning in Shared Workspaces

Cleaning has a direct impact on your shared workspace environment. Research has found office buildings have 4,800 dirty surfaces, with computer keyboards and refrigerator doors among the worst offenders. Dirty spaces are unsafe and distracting for you and your team. When your employees feel uncomfortable and unsafe, they are less likely to be productive.

With shared areas becoming a new normal for office space, it is more important than ever to make sure that your employees have the resources they need to do their job. There are many benefits of having a clean shared workspace.

It Keeps the Office Looking Professional

To maintain professionalism within your office, you need to prioritize cleaning shared workspaces. Say you have 200 employees working for you and all of them use the same shared space. With so many employees, that workspace is bound to get dirty.

To keep your office clean and look professional, consistent cleaning and maintenance are required. A tidy and professional-looking office and workspaces can improve your reputation as a business and positively impact your employees.

It Improves Collaboration and Productivity

Shared workspaces are becoming a new norm with many businesses because they are a great way to encourage employees to collaborate and improve productivity levels. The best way to remove the concern of bacteria, clutter or germs around the workplace and keep the high productivity levels is by keeping the area clean.

Consider all the great work your employees can do with a productive space to be engaged and involved, potentially reducing absenteeism and sickness.

It Helps Prevent the Spread of Germs

Though shared workspaces create an open area encouraging collaboration, there is also an increased chance of spreading germs from employee to employee through shared surfaces and equipment. This can be a major problem with hot desks or spaces around the office shared most often.

Employees are more concerned than ever about working in a clean, hygienic environment. Research shows 70% of survey participants will likely ask future employers about the office’s safety and hygiene routines and how they are implemented before accepting future jobs.

Providing a hygienic shared workspace is highly important to keeping employees safe and satisfied with their work environment and attracting new talent.

How to Maintain Cleanliness For Shared Workspace

You now understand the importance of having a clean shared workspace, but how can you maintain this cleanliness at the workplace? Transform your business space into a clean work environment with these three tips:

1. Have Proper Ventilation

The first thing you need to do is have a proper ventilation system that promotes adequate airflow throughout the space. Without a proper ventilation system, germs and bacteria can linger around enclosed spaces. All office spaces are enclosed with at latest two or more desks in one space. Despite proper and regular cleaning practices, a poor ventilation system can undo all of your efforts. This must be a high priority for maintaining cleanliness.

If your workspace is new, it’s still a good idea to take another look at your system. For older buildings, you want to ensure you address this before starting other cleaning practices. You might find that simply upgrading some parts of your system, like fans or ducts, might get the job done. Sometimes, you may just need to make sure the system is set to circulate outside air instead of the inside air. If possible, keep your windows open to bring in fresh, outdoor air.

2. Implement Regular Cleaning Routines

Find ways to encourage employees to practice regular cleaning of their desks and personal items. This might not always be easy to do, and depends on your organization, company culture and workspace. The best way to get your employees to participate in cleaning is by implementing policies. By implementing a clear policy for your employees to follow, you can show that everyone plays an important role in this goal.

Avoid making the mistake of only implementing the policy. As the employer, you need to also explain why cleaning is important, how to follow certain guidelines for cleaning, and take the time to educate employees about your company’s hygiene and safety goals.

You also need to make sure all employees have access to cleaning supplies and disinfecting products. A good idea would be to have desk wipes at all of the hot desks or near the kitchen at your shared workspaces. It’s hard to encourage employees to disinfect their space if they don’t have the right supplies.

3. Hire a Professional Janitorial Company

Your next step should be to hire a janitorial company or any cleaning service provider to do regular cleaning and disinfection for the workspace. If you are successful in getting your employees to participate in cleaning practices, that’s great! However, with the growing seriousness of bacteria and germs, regular cleaning is required for a shared workspace. If you don’t have an existing cleaning service provider taking care of your shared space, now is the time to consider one.

Some of the benefits of janitorial services for shared workspaces include:

  • Saving time and space: Instead of finding the time for employees or staff to clean around the office during the day — which takes away from valuable productivity time and could create distracting clutter or noise — professional janitorial services can clean your workspace at the best time for you and your team.
  • Getting a thorough clean: A janitorial service is trained in providing the best, most thorough clean to all areas of your office, including those hard-to-reach or invisible spots where dust or grime could build up.
  • Professional assistance: Some materials around your office, like upholstery or wooden furniture, require special care. Trained professionals know the best methods for cleaning each item in your office with a gentle hand and safe cleaning agents.

Contact The Facilities Group for Your Shared Workspace

If you are looking for a cleaning service provider, The Facilities Group provides comprehensive and professional cleaning services to organizations across 50 states. Learn more about our cleaning services for shared workspace or contact a representative through our online form.

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Dwight has spent his entire career in the facility service and maintenance industry, holding various positions, including Integration, Human Resources, Accounting, Purchasing, and Information Technology. He prides himself on working alongside our partners and management teams on a daily basis.

Since 2015, Dwight has led the integration of over 25 transactions in the facility service space, including both platform and bolt-on opportunities.
Dwight’s responsibilities at The Facilities Group include business integration, operational due diligence, system synergies, project management, strategy execution, and day-to-day operational support and oversight.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Management from The University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). On the weekend, you may catch him on the golf course or at a local sporting event.

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PRESIDENT

An experienced business leader with a successful track record of maximizing value to customers and internal stakeholders through driving innovation and growth within highly dynamic, technology-enabled mobile workforces.

Adam has held multiple positions over his 20+ year career with a focus on creating an engaged workforce, while supporting them with real-world solutions that are focused on an optimized process, technology, and conversion of data to information, with a blend of human and technical systems.

Some of Adam’s prior leadership positions include SVP US Operations at ABM and President of Unifi (formerly Delta Global Services), where Adam oversaw over 22,000 employees in nearly 200 airports performing multiple services including full ground handling, aircraft cleaning, security, cargo, facilities management and janitorial.

Adam received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and his MBA from the University of Georgia.

ADAM TAYLOR

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Paul Gargagliano has over 20 years of experience in finance, public and private accounting, and has held several high-level financial positions within the janitorial and professional services industry. Paul’s experience also includes service in the United States Coast Guard for over 20 years where he retired as a Master Chief Boatswainsmate.

In addition, Paul also served in the Airborne Infantry of the United States Army. Paul has led teams at various levels and believes in the importance of culture and people for the success of all organizations.

Paul graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the States of California and Florida as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Paul was the previous CFO of Diversified Maintenance and Hill-Ward Henderson.

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CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

An experienced leader and executive, Dave has spent over thirty years in the facility management & service industry. This includes ten years as a facility manager as well as twenty years as a building service contractor executive.

Across his career, Dave has spearheaded operations & sales in several market segments such as janitorial, high rise window cleaning, painting, waterproofing, and caulking. During his time with The Facilities Group, Dave has successfully completed fifteen acquisitions, leading operational integration & processes, sales strategies, philosophy and most importantly culture.

Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of South Florida, and earned his Real Property Administrator (RPA), and Facility Manager Administrator (FMA) from BOMA in 1998, 1999, and his Green Cleaning Certification from the Green Clean Institute in 2005.

DAVE ANGEL

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER

As the CHRO & Senior Vice President of People –Strategy and Solutions, Vivian Smith leads People functions that support both our business objectives and growth to ensure the success of the organization. She has proven abilities in developing and leading human capital management programs and People operations that allow for effectively advancing human capital to its highest potential while generating a culture of engagement and inclusion.

Vivian spent the last 16 years in a Senior HR Leadership role with ABM before joining The Facilities Group. She provided overall strategic HR leadership at corporate and subsidiary companies. Directed, implemented, and ensured compliance while fostering a workplace environment consistent with company values. Oversaw the development and administration of compliance and reporting functions, mergers and acquisition transitioning, organizational structure changes, performance management, training and development, employee relations, diversity, and inclusion. She directly oversaw the Houston, TX ABM HR Share Services office and ran point on all items related to People during the GCA acquisition where she successfully onboarded over 37,000 employees. Over the course of her time at ABM, Vivian spearheaded HR functions for 5+ acquisitions across the country, all with employee counts north of 2,500.

VIVIAN SMITH

CHIEF SALES OFFICER

Jeff Hawkins has spent the past 20 years as a Sales and Marketing leader in the janitorial and facilities maintenance industry. He has led successful teams from local support offices to multi-million dollar national sales organizations. Jeff is an experienced leader in Franchising and working with Corporate Owned offices throughout the United States with Jani-King for 10+ years.

Prior to joining The Facilities Group, Jeff lead the National Sales Team at City Wide Franchise Co. His leadership and drive secured national partnerships with some of the largest companies in the transportation industry increasing organic growth from $8 million to $74 million in less than 3 years. His experience in Hospitality, Automotive, Logistics, Medical and Education vertical markets provides our companies with the education, training and support for future growth.

JEFF HAWKINS

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Keaton is an Information Technology (IT) professional with 15 years of progressive experience. Prior to joining The Facilities Group, Keaton was a Sr. IT Consultant with Leidos, a fortune 500 company, for eight years where he successfully led multiple large-scale development, implementation, upgrade, optimization, and sustainability projects for his clients with budgets exceeding $100M+ and project teams of 100+ members. Earlier in his career Keaton worked at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and previously interned at industry leading companies Ernst & Young, State Farm and Publix.

Originally from Indiana, Keaton earned his bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from the Indiana State University Scott College of Business and his master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, which is ranked in the top 25 among US business schools.

Keaton holds various certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation.

KEATON KRUMREICH

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, NATIONAL DIVISION

Scott Henley is the Chief Operating Officer for The Facilities Group National Division. Scott joined a TFG subsidiary, Excel Building Services, in 2012 as VP of Operations. Scott developed and built the ISP division at Excel, which now services over 2000 locations nationally.

Scott brings more than 25 years of experience in Facilities Management. Scott studied Business Management at Augusta College, where he played baseball, and Georgia State University. Scott has been involved with both PRISM and ISSA for over 20 years. Scott resides in Fayetteville, Georgia, with his wife Amy and their two children.

SCOTT HENLEY

David Hammond

Since 2014, David Hammond has led as CEO of CSI International, Inc., Horizon Publishing, and Opulence International Realty, showcasing his versatile leadership across diverse industries. With a rich background that includes roles as COO, Executive VP, Sales Manager, and Director of IT, David possesses a deep understanding of various business sectors. His journey to CEO was preceded by six years as an elected officer, enriching his leadership portfolio. David’s diverse experience extends beyond the corporate world; he was a proud member of the 1987 America’s Cup team, Stars and Stripes, and dedicated six years to the US Navy Submarine service. Currently, David contributes his expertise to several boards, including the Boca Ballet Theater, South Florida Manufacturers Association, and Florida Gold Coast Swimming, reflecting his commitment to community and industry excellence.

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Group Chief Operations Officer

Alfu Miah serves as Group Chief Operations Officer at The Facilities Group. He is responsible for enabling business scalability while driving increased value through account management,  customer retention, topline growth, and enhanced profitability.  

At University of North London, he studied engineering and started his career in the automotive industry, designing and manufacturing cars. Since then, he has applied his continuous improvement mindset to drive substantial revenue growth across a variety of global industries-leveraging ample experience in facilities management, commercial operations, solutions design, and business transformation. He brings to TFG decades of proven success in the design, implementation and execution of compelling business growth, strategy, and solutions for some of the most respected companies around the world.

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O’Connell brings extensive facility service leadership experience to the role, having served on the Board of Directors at The Facilities Group since October 2022. Prior to joining TFG, he was the CFO of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS).
O’Connell also held multiple executive leadership positions including CFO and CEO of the North American division at ISS, one of the largest facilities management companies in the world. He also led the sale and integration of Pristine Environments following its sales to KBS, a national janitorial company.
O’Connell, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Limerick, has been recognized by industry colleagues for sound financial leadership throughout his career. He specializes in implementing successful growth strategies, operational excellence, and effective change management.

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Mark Borge

Mark Borge has been a driving force in the facility services industry as the Principal and Co-founder of Best Facility Services since August 2004. Under his leadership, the company has grown to become a recognized name in the field, providing top-notch services that consistently exceed client expectations. Mark’s extensive background, which spans from sales at Swifty Printing/Redstone Visual Impressions to Vice President of Minuteman Press Arlington, has equipped him with a profound understanding of business operations and customer service excellence. His venture into real estate investment in 2008 further showcases his adeptness in identifying and capitalizing on market opportunities, strengthening his portfolio and contributing to his comprehensive skill set in both business management and investment strategies.

Mark Borge’s active and prior involvement in esteemed organizations like Lifestyles Unlimited, The Entrepreneurs Organization, and the United States Green Building Council showcases his dedication to professional growth and community engagement. His diverse interests are backed by a solid education, holding a Bachelor’s in Business Administration – Finance from UTA. Mark has held leadership roles in various boards, emphasizing his commitment to organizational success.

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Scott Paul

Scott Paul is the past president of The Facilities Group Hawaii, LLC (formerly known as Kleenco Group), a commercial building maintenance and janitorial company founded in Hawaii in 1971.  Scott acquired Kleenco Group in 2012, and over the subsequent nine years more than doubled revenue and quadrupled earnings. In 2021, Scott sold Kleenco Group to The Facilities Group.  Scott led the integration of Kleenco Group with its sister company, Armstrong Building Maintenance (acquired by The Facilities Group in 2020), when the two companies merged to form The Facilities Group Hawaii with 600 employees.  Scott led the combined company through 2023 and continues as a partner and advisor to The Facilities Group. 

Prior to acquiring Kleenco Group, Scott was president & CEO of Hoku Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed solar company based in Hawaii and majority-owned by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.  Scott first joined Hoku in 2003 as its VP business development & general counsel.  In 2008, Scott was promoted to chief operating officer, and in April 2010 became chief executive officer and joined Hoku’s board of directors.  Scott resigned as Hoku’s CEO in June 2012 but continued to serve on its board of directors as chairman of the restructuring committee until July 2013. 

Before joining Hoku, Scott was a corporate attorney and business development professional in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1998 until July 2003.  Scott worked as director of business development and associate general counsel at Read-Rite Corporation, a publicly traded multi-national company acquired by Western Digital Corporation in 2003. Previously, Scott worked as an attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, and Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (now Reed Smith), law firms, where he represented high tech emerging growth and large-cap public companies, and their investors and underwriters, on financing and acquisition transactions. 

Scott earned his JD cum laude from Santa Clara Law School in 1998 and his BA in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995.  He has served on the board of trustees of Temple Emanuel in Honolulu since 2016 and has been a volunteer faculty member at the Punahou School Academy since 2015 where he co-teaches a business course. 

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FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

A proven leader and business owner, Bryson understands first-hand the hard work and determination required to build and run a successful enterprise. He started his first company at nineteen years old, cleaning medical offices and banks during the evening while attending college in the daytime. Since 2010, he has completed 47 transactions in the facility service & maintenance industry across the country.

In 2014 the Tampa Bay Business Journal awarded Bryson as one of Tampa Bay’s Up and Comers 30 Under 30. In 2018, he sold his companies and founded The Facilities Group. Fast-forward to today, he helps companies improve efficiency and achieve growth by acquiring, merging, selling, or restructuring.

His strong suits include operations, due-diligence, back-office oversight, and creating powerful business strategies custom tailored to each entity situation.

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