Where do you prefer to shop? In a spotless, fresh-smelling boutique, or in a grimy store with sticky floors and a mysterious stench permeating everything? Where do you prefer to lunch? In a sparkling-clean cafe with that wonderful fresh-baked aroma, or in a fly-infested diner that might not have been cleaned since Diana Ross was a Supreme. Ask anyone where they’d rather live, work and study, and clean/fresh beats dirty/grimy every time. This is especially evident in schools and other educational settings, where productivity is essential.
According to several studies, there’s a strong correlation between the cleanliness of school facilities and the achievements of students and teachers.
PROMOTING HEALTH HELPS
In one Australian study, respondents said an approach that promotes health and cleanliness significantly impacts productivity of students and teachers. Cleaner school environments generally have a more positive influence on an educator’s job stress.
Such work environments foster employee commitment. The more teachers are happy with their work environment, the better they teach, and the more students will learn.
CLEANLINESS AFFECTS LEARNING
In another study, this time in the United States, more than 80% of students polled said a lack of cleanliness is a big distraction in schools. The study is based on the five levels of cleanliness outlined in APPA’s (Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers) Custodial Staffing Guidelines for Educational Facilities.
The results said a lack of cleanliness becomes a distraction for student at APPA Level 3 (or casual inattention) and Level 4 (moderate dinginess). Most of the students said they desire APPA Level 1 cleanliness (or orderly spotlessness), or at least a Level 2 (ordinary tidiness).
How important is cleanliness to the way the immediate environment is perceived? Cleanliness was named the fourth most important building element that affects the personal learning of students. Noise, air temperature, and lighting were named top three. Students reported a dirty learning environment aggravates allergies, spreads germs, worsens distracting bug and rodent infestations, and promotes higher stress levels in individuals.
These studies show that cleanliness is important not just in schools, but in other establishments as well. Healthy building occupants are productive, and for students, this often translates to better grades and performance.
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