When growing up and working with my father he always emphasized that you needed a pathway. By this he mean that you need adequate space when working and to have organized work spaces. Cluttered work spaces slow work down by having to look to items or not having enough room to operate. The loss of productivity is only one factor for work place hygiene, employee sick days are linked to cleanliness psychologically employees feel better have have higher morale in cleaner work spaces.
In an article by Glen Martin titled Five Reasons Why Your Workplace Needs To Be Clean the number one item is how cleanliness can result in lower workplaces sicknesses that lead to missed days of work and interrupted productivity. Quoted from the article, “Check out the stats on this infographic by the ISSA. Sick days cost businesses more than $225 billion dollars each year and result in 54% loss in productivity.”
Another interesting article by Eco-Office Gals titled The Psychological Effects of Cleanliness in the Workplace says, “Unlike the gradual process of working in an unclean and unhygienic eventually leading to negativity and low morale, the impact of a cleaner work environment is immediately positive. The cognitive effects of staff being able to locate their desks, breathe fresh air, use clean kitchen and bathrooms is extremely understated.”