Posted September 15th, 2018.
When you need janitorial staff, you have two options: hire your janitors permanently and in-house, or contract a cleaning service to provide janitors for you. There are pros and cons to hiring a janitor in-house, but making the right choice comes down to what responsibilities you’re willing to take on as a business owner. It isn’t an easy decision to make, and it can vary depending on your needs (and when those needs change over the years). Let’s take a look at an in-house versus janitorial staffing service comparison.
Commercial cleaners are generally licensed, bonded, insured, and supervised. This means that they’re legally covered and so are you. Make sure these terms are in your contract. If you hire in-house, you’ll have to go through the background check and drug testing process, plus take on the risk.
In most states, you must be bonded before you are licensed. Bonded means they have a surety bond, and that protects the client or property owner (you). They’re also supervised, or managed and overseen, by the janitorial staffing service. All that hiring and firing? You don’t have to worry about that.
Fox Cities Janitorial has it covered. Don’t leave yourself open to legal problems. Going through a cleaning service can help you steer clear of complications.
Have you ever considered the cost of janitorial help? There are several initial and ongoing costs of hiring janitorial help, including:
Hiring: The human resources process. You’ll have to pay a recruiter or use your in-house personnel to find a qualified candidate who can handle the job.
Testing: The chosen candidate will have to undergo drug testing, which is a cost and time commitment for you.
Documentation check: Are you prepared to verify your candidate’s documentation to ensure they can legally work in the United States? This is a legally required step, and you’ll have to invest in having it done.
Hiring paperwork: You and the employee will need to complete all other contracts and hiring paperwork, including NDAs (non-disclosure agreements, if your office contains sensitive information), and more.
Reference checks: As part of the human resources and hiring process, you’ll have to check your candidate’s references.
Training: You’ll have to train your janitorial staff on all processes and procedures yourself. You’ll also have to legally comply with requirements regarding chemicals and disposal, as well as your employees’ health.
Certifications: Did you know that you need a special certification for floor waxing? It’s true, and you’ll have to handle and finance the paperwork.
Benefits: Got a full-time janitor? You’ll have to provide them with health insurance and 401(k).
All that paperwork also means maintaining it and ensuring everything’s up to date. That’s a lot of work, and if it’s on your human resources staff to figure it out, you’re going to be paying for their time as well.
And think: if your ideal candidate doesn’t work out or you need to expand your cleaning crew, you have to do it all again. Who wants to do that?
All of these costs add up. Can you imagine spending over $100,000 per year on one janitor? That can easily happen when you think about salary, hiring costs, and the other expenses covered here.
With Fox Cities Janitorial, you won’t have to worry about any of this maintenance or management. We screen and test our candidates, as well as train them on your procedures. Plus, you’ll know your costs up front. We can give you flat fees and estimates for special circumstances, which will help you control costs and stick to your budget.
If you have an in-house janitor and they call out, you’re in trouble. Who will replace them? The risk of an unclean workplace due to a call-out is a real problem, especially if you’re in food service. If you’re in a professional environment like a bank, what will your customers think if they come in and see trash cans unemptied, or smell rotten food? This is what can happen as the result of a call-out.
If you hire out for janitorial services, that service will cover you. Fox Cities Janitorial will make sure someone shows up—no matter what. You’ll have a clean office.
Most business owners prefer to have their cleaning service come overnight. That means key access, potential viewing of sensitive business information, exposure to expensive equipment (like laptop computers), and more. Are you sure you can trust your in-house team?
With that licensed and bonded janitorial service, you won’t have to worry. We provide secure, vetted janitors. And if anything does happen, the insurance is in place to assist with the recovery of damages.
If you have an in-house janitor, you need to worry about scheduling them and paying them for time off. Plus, when they’re off, you don’t have a janitor to cover the cleaning duties.
Additionally, cleaning duties should fall on a specific schedule and use building maintenance checklists. Foodservice and other industries even have legal requirements for that. In other instances, like commercial cleaning, we can create a custom cleaning schedule based on your needs. If you need to increase or reduce the number of cleanings, no big deal. Just let us know.
Avoid worrying about the hiring and firing process when it comes to your janitorial staff. Prevent call-out problems and forget about that unnecessary hiring expense. Located in Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Janitorial handles scheduling, cleaning, and maintenance, and we’ll make sure you’re satisfied with your clean business. We’re ready to handle commercial cleaning services for multiple business types, particularly government buildings, schools, and colleges, financial institutions, and offices. We also have special pricing on floor cleaning packages to ensure a fresh, clean look for your office environment. Let’s discuss your needs today.