More than 20 countries are expected to take part in the BSCNZ’s initiative Thank Your Cleaner Day this year as the event continues to gain global momentum.
Launched in New Zealand in 2015, Thank Your Cleaner Day, supported by Kärcher, will be held on Wednesday 17 October and celebrates the vital and valued contribution professional cleaners make to the community every day.
Since its launch, the day has gained global attention, with around 20 countries expected to participate this year including Canada, US, UK, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Australia.
In previous years organisations have shown their recognition with various events and activities including brunches and morning teas for cleaning staff.
As part of this year’s event, more than 1500 gift boxes, organised by BSCNZ and its associated sponsors including NZ Cleaning Supplies, Tork, Rentokil and Diversey, will also be distributed to cleaners.
Sarah McBride BSCNZ CEO said the association has received a large number of enquiries from organisations as to how they can be involved this year.
“We are very excited and have some wonderful things planned for Thank Your Cleaner Day, as an industry we look forward to celebrating cleaners,” McBride said.
Kärcher New Zealand managing director Mike Roberts said the day acknowledges the important and effective work cleaners provide, with Roberts urging New Zealand businesses to actively support the campaign.
“This special day for cleaners is recognised once a year to show they are valued and appreciated for keeping our environments clean and hygienic every day, for all of us. It’s time to stop and think about our cleaners and recognise the hard work that they do, often under the radar of normal working hours and often out of sight,” Roberts said.
“I would therefore strongly encourage other New Zealand businesses and organisations to actively support the Thank Your Cleaner Day campaign, by acknowledging the important and effective work their cleaner provides. After all, we all like to feel valued and appreciated.”
Last month Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway went ‘undercover’ as a cleaner in an effort to raise the profile of the industry ahead of Thank Your Cleaner Day.
Organised in partnership with BSCNZ, Lees-Galloway spent the day cleaning with staff from OCS, Westferry Property Services and Total Property Services.
McBride said at the time the aim of the event was to give individuals in leadership the opportunity to experience what 30,000 cleaners in New Zealand do every day.
“We organised for Minister Lees-Galloway to work with BSCNZ members staff so that he could experience how the best cleaner employers operate in New Zealand.
“Cleaning can be quite an isolated role, so when someone in leadership takes the time to understand their role, and show appreciation – it is very powerful.”