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AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE
Theft is a major concern in our industry. We want to do everything we possibly can to deter a major or petty theft problem resulting from one of our cleaners.
Our employees are the core of our company. We want to make every effort that is feasible to support them and their ability to come to work everyday and concentrate on performing quality work.
A small amount of money may make all of the difference in the world to the ability for one of our cleaners to come to work, to not be able to concentrate on their work because they don’t have any money to put in their car to get home after work or to not be tempted to take some change from a customer’s change jar. I realized this one of our first years in business. I had a great new employee not show up for work her 4th day of work. When she came in to pick up her paycheck I asked her why she was a no show. She explained to me that she did not have $5 (this was 20 years ago) to put gas in her car to get to work. When I asked her why she didn’t call and tell me that because I would have loaned her $5 she said she was too embarrassed. That day I started a cash advance against future pay system that worked fantastic for 20 years.
Include the cash advance form in the new hire packet. Present it to the new employee their first day so that they know it is available to them. Show them where you keep the forms in your office so that they do not need to be embarrassed asking for one. They can just go get it when they need it, fill it out and give it to you. I allowed $25 for employees under 90 days and $50 for employees over 90 days. They could not get any more money until the last advance was paid back and they needed to pay it back within 4 weeks. If they were absent any days in the previous week they did not qualify for a cash advance. If you are a bilingual facility be sure the cash advance is written in both English and Spanish. Write your own or purchase ours.
Cash Advance Contract-English & Spanish
Employee Christmas Appreciation Poem-English & Spanish
Your cleaner/employees really are far more important to you than your client. We recommend you show them every day for 12 days before Christmas how much they mean to you. This will make it fun for them to come to the office every day at a very stressful time in their lives. The first gift that you will give them is their very own coffee mug which they will fill with the coffee that you have made for them. Attached to the mug will be the ’employee ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas poem written especially for them. You will have free coffee prepared for them every day before Christmas and each day after the first day you will have something else to give them along with the coffee.
A list of inexpensive items is listed below that you can use each day or think of your own ideas. You might want to make the last day a little larger item with a special Christmas gift to them, but you certainly do not need to. This will show them every day for 12 days just how much they mean to you. Granted, this is also a very busy time of the year for you but this idea is very simple to implement and easy to keep going. It will also give your cleaners something to look forward to each day besides another dirty home. Each day you want to attach a small piece of paper to their gift of the day that says: On the (11th ) day before Christmas I show my appreciation for you with —————-.
2. Trail Mix
3. Piece of fruit
5. Christmas Card
6. Ornament or ornaments on more than one day
7. Candy cane
8. Wrapping Paper (for the presents they will give)
9. Team thermos (So they can bring more coffee with them)
10. Merry Christmas Cake for the office-They each leave with a piece
12. Lip balm/gloss
13. Hand lotion
14. Bottled water
15. Single serving cereal box
16. Energy bar
17. Measuring spoons
18. Breakfast tacos
19. Cookie cutter(s)
20. Dollar store kitchen gadgets
21. Dollar store bath gel
Last day gift ideas:
McDonald’s gift certificate
Grocery Store gift certificate
Walmart gift certificate
Twas the Night Before Christmas rewritten for appreciation of employees. First stanzas below
Twas 12 days before Christmas
And all through the town
Many homes needed cleaning
We can’t let them down.
Interview Questions – English & Spanish
INTERVIEWING THE APPLICANT
WHO HAS CONTROL OF THE INTERVIEW?
A STANDARD SET OF APPLICANT QUESTIONS
WILL KEEP YOU IN CONTROL OF THE INTERVIEW
You ‘set the stage’ for how an employee will follow your direction as a leader when you interview the applicant. You have set a professional stage with your refined application so you will want to continue this level o f professionalism throughout your interview process with well thought out and organized questions. This will encourage the applicant to want to work for you. If you just let them ramble on about whatever they want to tell you, they are controlling the interview and not you (and will most likely try to be in control the entire time they work for you). They will tell you what they think you want to hear and they will ask you what is important to them, not to your company or to you.
Prepare a set of questions that you will use in every interview. This will keep you consistent in your hiring practices and help you to uncover possible problem areas with an applicant. Asking questions about their flexibility, their reactions to specific situations and what they are looking for in a job will tell you a lot about a person and how they would fit into your company culture.
Put together a list of questions to use after you have reviewed their application. First, go through the application looking for any areas that were not completed. If an applicant does not fill out the application completely it indicates two things: they do not pay attention to detail and/or they did not come to the interview prepared with phone numbers, addresses, previous dates of employment, etc. Begin the interview with the applicant for any missing information on the application. You fill it in as they give it to you. Never put the application back in the applicant’s hands again. Look for gaps in previous employment and ask what they were doing during that time (they might have been in jail for theft). After reviewing their application proceed to your interviewing questions. Take good notes when they are answering and do not answer the questions for them, even if they are struggling for answers. Pause, restate the question in a different way but do not let them control your interview. Create your own list of questions or use the questions I used when I had a staff of 56 cleaners, some of which were there for 18 years.
Webinar-Finding, Interviewing and Hiring the Best Cleaners
Interviewing Questions (English)
Interview Questions – Spanish
Job Description – Supplies Person – English & Spanish
WHEN IN DOUBT, MUMBLE, WHEN IN TROUBLE, DELEGATE, WHEN IN CHARGE, PONDER
…JOHN H BOREN
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE IF YOU CAN DELEGATE EFFECTIVELY
Eventually, there will be, or there is now, more work than one owner can accomplish. When it comes to delegating some of the administrative/non-income earning jobs to someone else there are multiple decisions you can make. I have always operated under the premise that you get rid of the cheapest and easiest jobs first. The cheapest because it won’t cost you much to hire them done and if they cost the least to hire done, they are the least valuable of your skills as an owner. The easiest because it will be easy to train someone else to do them and one thing we are really short on, when we are hiring our first internal person, is time. For this reason I would recommend your first internal person is a supplies person. This person can also be promoted from within which is a huge moral booster and motivator for your current staff.
Put together a job description listing the duties and responsibilities that you envision for a Supplies Person position. Some, but certainly not all of the duties and responsibilities that you can place on a supplies person are:
- First relief person in field when cleaner(s) absent
- Restock shelves with appropriate cleaning supplies
- Order more cleaning supplies when necessary
- Take bank deposit to bank on Wednesdays and Fridays
- Wash and dry long dusters and feather dusters
- Repair vacuum cleaners
- Fill gallon jugs with diluted concentrates of appropriate cleaners
- Clean office weekly
- Pull and dismantle files for canceled clients
- Pull client keys and files on check out days
- Make client confirmation calls
- And much more
After you have completed the job description run an ad, if necessary, or post the job internally. Interview any internal applicants and, if possible, promote from within. If you hire from outside your company make it very clear to the outside applicants, as well as any internal applicants, that the first priority on their job description is as a relief person. When someone is not able to work on a given day the supplies person will go out and clean. This is another huge benefit of adding this position first. After you hire the right person for this position go over every aspect of the new supplies person’s job description with them. Train them how to do each new duty and responsibility and then help them to prioritize the jobs.
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Job Description – Supplies Person – English
Job Description – Supplies Person – Spanish
Request for Time Off-English & Spanish
REQUEST FOR TIME OFF
Our cleaning employees are generally intelligent, resourceful, agreeable people who really want to do the right thing. They are also generally intimidated, uneducated in good business practices and a bit “me” focused. Successful cleaning company owners need to respond proactively to all of the above factors when managing their cleaners.
Have a form available for your employees for any area that needs to be managed in your company. Employee absenteeism management is one of the most challenging in this industry. Any advance notice of need for time off helps so much with scheduling both clients and staff. Make the reporting of a requested day off as easy as possible for the employee and make it documented so nothing is misunderstood.
Have blank requests for time off forms in the same location you are keeping your cash advance forms. They should be in English and Spanish and cover dates the employee wants off, full or half day, etc. Make your own or purchase ours below. Be sure to put the forms someplace with easy access for the employee. Do not make them ask you for one because that is the same as asking for time off. If they do not need to confront anyone for anything they are more likely to give you notice. They will go to the drawer, fill out the form and put it in your in box when you’re not in your office. That’s OK. You have notice to fix the problem.
Request for Time Off-English & Spanish
Seminar Recording: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Home Cleaning Employees-English & Spanish
WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE, THEN, IS NOT AN ACT BUT A HABIT
WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS, FOR THEY BECOME WORDS.
WATCH YOUR WORDS, FOR THEY BECOME ACTIONS.
WATCH YOUR ACTIONS, FOR THEY BECOME HABITS.
WATCH YOUR HABITS, FOR THEY BECOME CHARACTER.
WATCH YOUR CHARACTER, FOR IT BECOMES YOUR DESTINY.
There is a vast difference between training and developmental ongoing training. Training involves an expert (possibly you) working with cleaners to transfer to them certain areas of knowledge or skills to do the job they were hired to do. Developmental ongoing training is a broad, ongoing multi-faceted set of topics and/or activities designed to bring someone or an organization up to another threshold of performance, often to perform some job or new role in the future. Key Factor here is that your company will not reach new thresholds if you do not actively participate in providing developmental ongoing training to your cleaners.
Many of our cleaners were not blessed with the backgrounds many of us had. No one was there to guide them into good habits or give them the courage to try and develop new habits. Teaching them how to develop new habits could change their lives not only at work but also in their homes. These employees will be indebted to you forever if you also lift their personal lives to a new threshold. Our habits do determine the quality of our lives, both at work and at home.
Put together a 30 minute meeting where you start to cover the topic of habits. The internet can provide you with a plethora of information regarding habits or you can go to the tried and true expert on habits, Stephen Covey and his book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Cleaners. This is the book that I used to guide me when putting these seminars together. Talk about the different personalities our cleaners work with each day and how those people’s habits make up their personalities. Talk to them about what type of people they want to be and what habits will require that result. If you work on teams, talk to them about the value of team work and how much easier and more fun work is when they are all working in sync. Anything doubled or tripled is always stronger.
Prepare presentations on the topic of successful habits or use the videos from Rags to Riches and present your presentations or the videos at meetings until you feel that you have covered the topic sufficiently for your cleaners to start working on new habits. Talk to them frequently about what habits they are developing and encourage and recognize positive behavior. If it is extremely difficult or impossible to find the time to have meetings that pertain to anything other than cleaning business then send the http for the videos home with your employees and pay them when they successfully return the test back to you. After you pay them be sure to follow the same behavior as above by keeping the topic of habits fresh in your office.
Seminar Recording: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Home Cleaning Employees Part 1-English
Seminar Recording: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Home Cleaning Employees Part 1-Spanish
Seminar Recording Worksheet: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Cleaning Employees Part 1-English
Seminar Recording Worksheet: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Cleaning Employees Part 1-Spanish
Seminar Recording: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Home Cleaning Employees Part 2-English
Seminar Recording: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Home Cleaning Employees Part 2-Spanish
7 Habits of Highly Successful Cleaners-3 DVDs for 3 Prepared Meetings
Seminar Recording Worksheet: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Cleaning Employees Part 2-English
Seminar Recording Worksheet: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Cleaning Employees Part 2-Spanish