Why do people want to work in the cleaning industry? One key reason is stability. Even in the face of an unpredictable economy, the sector has continued to grow in recent years, providing tens of thousands of Australians with a reliable source of income.
The commercial cleaning services market employs around 123,450 people.
As of February 2016, the commercial cleaning services market employed 123,450 people, according to figures collated by IBISWorld. It’s predicted that this number will reach 131,660 by 2019/20, as the industry takes on more casual and part-time staff to accommodate clients’ needs. The Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council estimated that the industry will grow over the coming years at an annualised rate of 1.7 per cent to hit $8.6 billion by 2019/20.
This projected growth is a natural incentive for anyone considering becoming a cleaning professional. However, it’s important to note that the benefits of working in the industry extend far past financial stability. Through professional development and on-the-job experience, cleaning professionals also pick up a range of valuable skills, which can be used to advance their careers in the industry and beyond. Here are six skills you might pick up by pursuing a career in cleaning:
1. Attention to detail
Harrison Barnes, author of one of the top career-oriented blogs in the world, asserted that having strong attention to detail can often mean the difference between professional success and failure.
Why? Essentially, because it means you’re considering every possible outcome. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should forget about the bigger picture, but striking a good balance between the two maximises your chances of a successful career.
Working in the cleaning industry in Australia is an excellent way to hone your attention to detail, as you’ll need to deliver a consistently high level of service to meet the expectations of your customers.
2. Problem solving
The ability to think critically and outside the box are traits highly valued across just about every industry imaginable. In the commercial cleaning sector, you’ll be faced with a range of challenges on a daily basis that will help you develop this key skill.
Whether you’re identifying which products will be best for a certain surface type or thinking of ways to improve your team’s efficiency, the variety of work in the cleaning industry is sure to teach you strong problem solving skills.
3. Ability to work autonomously
While most professional cleaning services in Australia will provide on-the-job training for new recruits, as time goes on there will probably be many instances where you’ll be working with no immediate supervision. These moments are an excellent opportunity to not only demonstrate your trustworthiness as an employee, but can also help you develop your ability to work autonomously.
Being able to excel under self-supervision is a very transferable skill, should you ever decide to transition out of the cleaning industry. For those wishing to progress within the sector, it’s an attribute that many business leaders look for when weighing up candidates to promote into managerial positions.
4. Health and safety principles
Injuries in the workplace are an unfortunate yet all too common part of many businesses in Australia. In fact, 117,815 serious claims (compensation requiring a week or more time off work) were lodged between 2012 and 2013, according to figures collated by SafeWork Australia.
While the cleaning services industry is not immune from these risks, most companies are very diligent about ensuring the health and wellbeing of their employees. As a cleaning professional, you’ll receive training to help you minimise the chances of getting injured in the workplace. Being able to operate safely, meet compliance requirements and identify hazards that may impact you and your colleagues are all excellent skills to have, regardless of the sector you’re working in.
It’s no exaggeration to say that no two days in the cleaning sector are the same. You’ll be operating in different environments, working with new products and materials, and the hours of your shift might even vary, too. This might sound a little daunting at first, but it’s often an incredibly effective way to improve your versatility as an employee.
Why is this so important? Well, according to Forbes contributor Brent Beshore, versatility is one of the nine key attributes every employer looks for in a candidate. The ability to leverage innovation, adapt to new challenges and leave your comfort zone when necessary is sure to be valued by current and future employers alike.
6. Leadership skills
Those who are able to master the aforementioned qualities and have the ambition to succeed can also learn leadership skills in the cleaning industry.
Here at Glad Group, we provide our staff with ongoing development opportunities to help them expand their professional skill sets. As a result, our employees are able to further their industry-specific expertise, enabling us as a company to deliver a higher level of service to our discerning customers.
Many people join the cleaning services sector for the financial stability, but along the way they realise the industry has much more to give than a mere pay check. Whether it’s becoming a more versatile employee or honing your ability to work autonomously, there’s no denying that working in this industry can teach you a range of valuable skills.
If you’re considering becoming a professional cleaner or would like more information about the roles we have available, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Glad Group.