Cleaners Treated Like Dirt!
In the 25 years or so that I have been involved in the cleaning industry I have noticed more and more that cleaners are treated like dirt. Cleaning companies are offering little money to people to get up in the wee hours of the morning to complete tasks that the typical company exec would not even consider doing themselves. When you look at what it is that a cleaner has to do, they should in my opinion be one of the better paid people on any team.
Cleaners are exposed to dirt, dust, disease, and other things that most people are not exposed to. They are expected to make an environment free of these risks for others, and generally most do their job well enough that this is the outcome. For this they are generally treated with condemnation, suspicion, and are considered to be on the lower rung of the ladder when it comes to assessing the workplace. Surprising isn't it!
I remember when I first started cleaning, and because of my personal attitude, I lost the opportunity to clean a lot of premises. My attitude was (and remains so to this day) that I am a "Professional Service Provider" and as such I expect a minimum dollar return on my investment in your company. I was stubborn on this, and would not accept any job that was not paying me enough money to cover costs and make a profit. I was not wanting a job, I was wanting a contract and in return I expected to be paid what I was worth.
A recommendation to anybody out there who is considering this as a career path! DO NOT undervalue your service nor your time. There are literally tens of thousands of companies out there who at this moment are unhappy with the service they are currently receiving. You DO NOT have to accept work from companies who treat you like dirt.