Frank states that with ever-tightening budgets, organizations of all types and sizes across the nation are looking for opportunities to cut back on expenses, and all too often it is the cleaning operation that is swiftly placed on the chopping block.
He notes that cleaning managers today are rising to a higher level of professionalism and financial officers are expecting documentation, use of software to manage and present documentation and overall sophistication; managers who follow Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) criteria are already well-prepared for a financial discussion.
Frank adds that cleaning cost reductions should never affect high-risk areas, such as restrooms or patient areas in hospitals.
According to Frank, expanding your knowledge by gathering as much information as you can, from industry benchmarks to news headlines about the spread infectious disease, will help remind you and your organization''s bean counters that while some reasonable adjustments can be made, clean buildings are not negotiable.
Dave Frank is a 30-year industry veteran and the president of the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences(AICS). AICS is the registrar for the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard certification program.
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