THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANING, SANITISING AND DISINFECTING THE WORKPLACE

Coronavirus outbreak: how to clean your workplace

Cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in the workplace. To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) or influenza (flu), the first line of defence is ensuring your personal hygiene practices are aligned to health standards. Other measures include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands, and keeping sick people away from others.

Below are tips on how to clean your workplace and slow the spread of diseases, specifically through cleaning and disinfecting.

Coronavirus: how to clean your workplace

The difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitising:
  1. Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
  2. Sanitising lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
  3. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or touch points. You must be able to pre-clean the area prior to disinfecting, unless you utilise a product that incorporates both actions. By killing and removing germs (pathogens) on a surface, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

At Glad Group, we are experienced professionals who have the appropriate training, techniques, advanced tools and equipment to customise to your cleaning needs, especially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you have any questions regarding the range of cleaning services offered at Glad Group or would like a quote, don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 452 347 or email us at marketing@gladgroup.com.au.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2020

Gender balance is at the core of what we stand for at Glad Group, where each of our 2500 employees must have access to the same opportunities and be able to develop their career. By tapping into the full potential of men and women, Glad Group is stronger, more innovative, and better at serving its clients Australia-wide.

We know that equality is not only a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious – so what’s not great about that?

The race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth… so let’s make it happen. Let’s be #EachforEqual.

Because in reality an equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual

#GenderEquality #GladGroup #GladFamily

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EMPLOYEE-APPRECIATION-DAY

EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY 2020

Employee Appreciation Day is a holiday observed on the first Friday in March. It is a day for companies to thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year.
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On behalf of Glad Group Management, I would like to extend our appreciation for the amazing work done by each of you from our cleaning, security, concierge, maintenance and head office departments.

I hope by now you feel a part of the Glad Family. Whether you have been here for a week, month or even years, each of you play an important role in the Glad Group.
There is a not a day that passes, where I do not hear about the great accomplishments you make because of all your hard work. Your diligence, self-motivation and dedication is a source of inspiration for the team that surrounds you, so may I encourage you to keep going and be the great person that you are.

#EmployeeAppreciationDay gives me yet another opportunity to talk about our new employee and recognition system, TRIIBE which is an exclusive online program for Glad Group employees to be recognised and access exclusive discount benefits.

The people and culture department worked extremely hard over the last quarter and they have accomplished something extremely rewarding for each one of our employees.
Thank you once again for all your effort.

Sincerely,

Nick Iloski

#EmployeeAppreciationDay

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upskill for cleaners

HOW TO UPSKILL FROM YOUR CLEANING JOB

Want to learn upskilling for cleaners from one of Australia’s best?

Glad Group is an established integrated services provider and with over thirty years in the industry has accumulated the most outstanding training culture and best practices throughout its organisation with the focus on employees.

We are committed to upskilling for cleaners, by creating a positive and fulfilling induction, training and working environment, with progressive career pathways.

We realise the value of our team and our people are what set us apart. Each cleaner is supported and trained to the highest standards of quality and cleanliness in the cleaning industry. Our staff are also trained in professional, behavioural standards that our clients have grown to love.

A career in the cleaning industry can be highly rewarding. It can open doors to many other industries and opportunities.

If you wish to apply for a Cleaning role, please send your resume to Recruitment@gladgroup.com.au and address it to ‘Human Resources’. Head over to our LinkedIn or Facebook pages to know more about the Glad Family.

Glad Group values diversity and encourages interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to apply.

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cleaner pathways

HOW OUR INTEGRATED MODEL ALLOWS OUR STAFF TO GO FROM ONE JOB FAMILY TO ANOTHER

Do you want to know what your cleaner pathways are? or other job opportunities? As part of our retention and engagement approach, we help employees navigate which direction their career should go in. For some this will be around moving into a new job family or into a more senior position. Our organisational structure and development programs provide many choices for employees.

At Glad Group, our integrated services delivery model provides many and multiple career path options. We help employees assess where they want to go, through looking at their preferences and strengths across a range of factors:

  • What are their current skills (strong communication, problem solver)
  • What are their experiences (hospitality, consulting)
  • Where are their interests (technology, science, social)
  • What do they value and what are they motivated by (helping others, money)
  • What personality traits do they have (outgoing, cautious)
  • What formal qualifications do they have or are working towards achieving
  • Are there any location considerations for them to consider

The benefit to employees with an Integrated Services Model is that we provide the entry point for a range of job families and then we offer the opportunity to move across job families or up into team leader positions.

Under our integrated services model, cleaner pathways and all jobs share common values and behaviours. This means employees can move through into different positions once they have the technical training or acquire the necessary qualifications.  For example: with the right values, behaviours and a commitment to providing premium customer service, a Landscaper, once completing their Security Licence/qualification(s), could easily transition into a security role.

If you wish to apply for a job within the Glad Group, please send your resume to Recruitment@gladgroup.com.au and address it to ‘Human Resources’. Head over to our LinkedIn or Facebook pages to know more about the Glad Family.

Glad Group values diversity and encourages interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to apply.

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WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED TO BE A CLEANER

What does it take to have the skills for cleaners? That’s actually a pretty great question – lucky you have come to just the right place.

Working as a cleaner may involve tidying, scrubbing, wiping, washing, dusting, vacuuming, mopping or polishing furniture, work areas and machinery. Cleaners may be employed in a variety of areas such as within domestic, industrial, health, education and public settings. Cleaners may work irregular hours or split shifts, and may undertake work on a full-time, part-time or casual basis.

Depending on the role, cleaners may work outside (for example cleaning graffiti) or inside (for example cleaning offices). Many cleaners work for businesses, factories, hospitals or cleaning companies.

So what skills for cleaners do you need? Read below:

  • You need to have attention to detail to ensure you do not miss areas as you go through your cleaning checklist.
  • You need to be thorough yet efficient with all your tasks – from sweeping floors to disinfecting bathrooms – to ensure you are done by the time your shift is over.
  • Those who work independently need to be self-driven, while those who are part of a team should know how to collaborate with others and follow instructions from supervisors.
  • Time management skills are important to make sure that you complete your assigned tasks during your shift, and you need physical stamina to spend hours on your feet, pushing, pulling, and lifting cleaning equipment.

If you wish to apply for a cleaning role, please send your resume to Recruitment@gladgroup.com.au and address it to ‘Human Resources’. Head over to our LinkedIn or Facebook pages to know more about the Glad Family.

Glad Group values diversity and encourages interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to apply.

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30 YEARS IN BUSINESS

This year Glad Group celebrates 30 years in business, we thought it was the perfect time to find out more about the journey getting here from our CEO and Founder Nick Iloski.

What was your journey like to get to where you are today?

One of the big challenges I faced when I went into business was language, I tried very hard to overcome this through hard work and doing the very best quality job I could.

I’ve also had to make lots of decisions along the way to 30 years of Glad. One of the pivotal movements was deciding to create the company in 1989. At the time there was a recession, so it was difficult times for many people. I was lucky enough to be in a position where I needed further investment and structure around my business – I looked for people that had supported me in the past and brought them into the business, some of those people are still with me today.

I was also willing to take risks and looked for the right opportunities to keep moving forward.

How have you approached change within your business over the last 30 years?

I have always been a believer in innovation and technology and surrounded myself with good people. I never gave up, I focused on finding solutions, worked collaboratively and most importantly listened to my customers.

 What do you consider your three biggest accomplishments?
  • My marriage – my wife has been by my side since the very beginning.
  • Watching people that I have employed grow with the company over the years and in some cases seeing their own family join the Glad family.
  • Bringing service integration into the heart of our business – my dream is to be a one stop shop for our clients.
How would you describe yourself?

Good listener, passionate about what I do, hardworking and generous.

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THANK YOUR CLEANER DAY – FROM GLAD GROUP

The annual Thank Your Cleaner Day will occur on Wednesday October 16th.

This is a day allocated for the recognition of the work and dedication provided by cleaning services providers across this nation.

October 16th provides all of us with a special opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to those individuals who work hard to clean our client’s schools, office buildings, factories, public spaces, etc.

Their hard work is too often taken for granted.

Thank Your Cleaner Day provides an official occasion to remedy that.

Be sure to take an opportunity on Thank Your Cleaner Day to demonstrate your appreciation for those individuals who work hard and long, day and night, to provide our clients – and you –  with an environment that is clean, attractive, and healthy.

Say “thank you” for a job well done!

 

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WHAT’S HAPPENED OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS

This year, Glad Group celebrates 30 years of the Glad Family, which has grown from just one to over 2,500 across Australia and New Zealand. In 1984, founder Nick Iloski immigrated to Australia with his wife Lucy. This marked the start of an amazing career that has spanned over 35 years. In the very beginning, Nick built relationships with business owners all over Sydney cleaning offices, shops – even Carla Zampatti’s boutique on Elizabeth Street and the windows of high rise buildings.

With encouragement from his clients, in May 1989, the Glad Group officially opened for business. With great passion and determination, Nick together with Lucy worked hard to build their reputation and began to see the company grow.

The last thirty years have shaped us, and for that we are extremely grateful to our successes, our employees that work tirelessly to make it happen and our clients who support us.

In celebration of our thirty years, we are sharing some of the memories that we’ve all experienced together and showcasing our company’s rich history including our expansions, supporting of clients, giving back to our communities and celebrating successful years.

Here are our memories:

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eco-cleaning

BENEFITS OF USING ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS

Biodiversity Month is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world. Glad Group is committed to protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity.

We encourage eliminating harmful chemicals from your home or work environment so you can rest easy in the knowledge that you have positively contributed to caring for this planet and the health of your loved ones – including the furry ones!

Cleaning is vital in maintaining a clean, healthy, and fresh and above all an attractive home as well as workplaces. We believe a clean and hygienic environment at work is essential because it helps keep diseases and pests away, a clean office or corporate facility, improves the safety of the workers and also encourages a positive attitude in the employees.

The biggest concern when it comes to cleaning is the safety of the products used in the cleaning process. A lot of chemicals are used in the manufacture of conventional cleaning agents. As much as these agents clean, the impact they leave on the environment and people can be devastating. Fortunately, there are eco-friendly cleaning products available. Here are some of the benefits of using environmentally friendly cleaning products:

  1. HEALTHIER
    Eco-friendly cleaning products do not have toxic chemicals. This means that the user is protected from the exposure to toxic substances and fumes. The person cleaning using environmentally friendly products will not have to worry about itchy skin, eyes, a running nose constant coughing or other side effects associated with harmful toxic chemicals.
  1. FEWER RISKS

When handling conventional cleaning products, there are several risks associated with getting into contact with them. You have to wear protective clothing in order to protect your skin, eyes, and nose. However, when you use eco-friendly cleaning products, you will not experience all these risks because they contain gentle ingredients that are not harmful to your skin or body.

  1. COST-EFFECTIVE

Commercial cleaning products are generally expensive. This is because of the different chemicals used in making them. Green cleaning products like lemon vinaigrette, baking soda, and others are less expensive, they are readily available and above all, they are not harmful to your health. They can be used to clean almost all surfaces in the home without damaging the texture of the surfaces or removing paint. This is because they are less abrasive.

  1. SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Conventional cleaning agents are destructive to the environment in a number of ways. For example, the fumes that are released when using commercial office cleaning products contaminate the air through evaporation.

This may cause health problems to people and even animals if inhaled. When these toxic chemicals mix with water, they pollute the water and endanger the lives of people and organisms that use the water. But eco-friendly products, on the other hand, are safe for the environment since they contain natural ingredients.

Glad Cleaning are highly trained in using eco-friendly and A grade chemicals whatever your needs are for your office cleaning, do not hesitate to contact Glad Group for a free quote and inspection.

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