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Office cleaning frequencies more than halved

March 09, 2012
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GREENCASTLE, IN — The facilities management department at DePauw University recently announced plans to change the frequency at which offices are cleaned from five times per week to two, according to The DePauw.

The idea behind the move is to better utilize the custodial staffs and to focus on more pressing cleaning and maintenance issues such as restrooms, classrooms and other public areas, the story stated.

Tony Robinson, assistant director of facilities, said, “This is not a negative change. We want to work smarter, not harder. It makes more sense for public areas to be cleaned more thoroughly every day and for offices to be cleaned more thoroughly, but less frequently.”

The facilities management department has received several e-mails praising their decision to prioritize areas to be cleaned, with two complaints being chalked up to a lack of communication, the story noted.

According to the article, the facilities management department recently reduced their number of employees by one team and restructured their operation to reflect more of a team cleaning approach.

The facilities management department is pleased with the changes and has no immediate plans for future changes, the story added.

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