The Office Mascot It’s 8:15 AM and you pull into the parkade, set your coffee down and collect your things. Exiting your car, you grab your coffee, your computer bag, and a few other things. You look your car and head towards the doors. Once in the building, you open your office door. Something moves across the floor in your peripheral. A rodent, perhaps? You take a sip of your coffee and ignore it.
It’s the 10:26, and you have a client meeting at 10:30. You walk out to the lobby, welcoming them and then show them to your office. They take a seat, and after a bit of small talk, you pivot in your office chair towards the credenza to get their file. A slight bump of the credenza, shakes loose a light flurry of dust from the top of the shelf. It’s embarrassing for you. “Perhaps they didn’t notice?”, you think. They laugh. They noticed.
After the appointment, you decide to take an early lunch. As you head out into the lobby, the receptionist says something to you in passing. You turn around to answer, and brush against the plants next to the doors. You walk to your car, unlock it and get in. As you buckle up, you look at your lap. It’s dirty. Dust must’ve transposed from the plant you bumped into.
When you get back to the office, you make a point of asking the office manager some questions about your office cleaning.
How often do they come to clean? Are they contracted, and for how long is the contract? What are they told to clean? Has it always been this way?
You return to your desk. As the door closes to your office, something once again breezes by your periphery. Not a rat. Not a mouse. Nothing like that. The breeze incited from the door opening and closing is pushing a dust bunny around. This dust bunny was so big, that one would assume it was the office mascot.
You may have an office cleaner. But if it doesn’t look clean, it probably isn’t.
“Always Sparkling Clean.”
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