During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had an opportunity to show our appreciation for front-line and essential workers that are working so hard to keep our communities healthy and safe. From grocery store workers to the nurses and doctors working in our hospitals, there are many roles that play an important part in keeping essential services open and making sure that our sick and vulnerable receive the care they need.
However, there is one group that is fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines that may not immediately come to mind, and that is the janitorial and cleaning staff that have taken on an important role in keeping hospitals, businesses, and community spaces disinfected and clean so that we are able to safely access services and support other front-line staff.
Janitorial workers can often be under-appreciated in the best of times – not many people take the opportunity to stop and thank their janitor, and many work when buildings are closed for the evening, making this important service go under the radar.
Now is the perfect time to acknowledge the hard work, effort, and expertise that professional cleaning staff bring to their work. A recent article in the Tyee explored what life is like for many cleaning staff, from longer hours and increased workload to the fears they face in keeping themselves and their families safe.
A career in janitorial services can be an amazing stepping stone to a better life for new Canadians, and those who may not have the language skills or education to begin another career right away. At Select Janitorial, we take incredible pride in training, supporting, and helping to grow the careers and success of each of our janitorial teams. We are grateful for the amazing clients who have always shown appreciation for their cleaning team but have been particularly supportive during these last few uncertain months.
It is an ongoing mission of ours to support the local business community, and especially now, we take our role to heart. Our janitorial staff are going above and beyond to serve and support their clients, and we appreciate the hard work and dedication they have shown.
If your business has a janitorial team, or you happen to see cleaning staff working hard at a hospital or community centre, take a moment to appreciate the important role they play in moving us towards a safer, more social climate.
On behalf of the team at Select Janitorial, thank you to all cleaning staff for their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, and for their important role in keeping everyone healthy and safe in these uncertain times.