Custodial Services Change

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Shari Shuman, Vice President Administration & Finance

Is informing “UNF employees” of significant changes in the cleaning of their offices by publishing this information under the heading “Change in Campus Custodial Services Starts Today” in the Osprey Update of April 30, 2012 (at the end of the Spring semester) an effective way to communicate such policy changes to UNF employees? (1)
Can the cleaning of offices be reduced to emptying trashes once a week? Is this sufficient? Is the implication here that UNF employees should clean their offices?
Could the sudden and unprecedented occurrence of fruit flies in some of our offices have been avoided by a more effective information campaign in regard to “Change in Campus Custodial Services”?
Is the line of trash cans laying outside of our offices adding to the so-much worked for aesthetic quality of our campus?
Furthermore, are the decrease in office cleaning, limited circulation regarding to policy changes affecting the cleaning of employees’ offices, and the spraying of our offices with pesticides evidence of RATIONAL CHOICES in the long term? Could such changes negatively impact the environment and employees’ overall health? Are these decisions in line with our alleged commitment to a cleaner environment? In light of this all, is the Change in Campus Custodial Services” cost-effective?

(1) The following was the only source of info regarding change in campus custodial services I was able to identify:
ORIGINAL TEXT PUBLISHED IN THE OSPREY UPDATE OF APRIL 30 2012:

Change in Campus Custodial Services Starts Today
Beginning today, custodial services to the campus community will change. Through attrition, custodian staffing has been reduced, resulting in a $200,000 annual savings. As of today, individual offices will be cleaned weekly instead of daily. Custodial staff will continue to pick up trash daily, as long as the trash cans are left outside individual office doors at the end of the work day. Trash pick-up for employees in cubicles won’t be impacted. Classrooms, restrooms and all other common spaces will continue to be maintained on a daily basis. For more information, contact Shelia Lopez in Physical Facilities. Contact: Sheila Lopez at lops0002@unf.edu or (904) 620-1979.

 

Response from Shari Shuman, Vice President for the Administration & Finance:

Below is the response the faculty association question.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

 

Is informing “UNF employees” of significant changes in the cleaning of their offices by publishing this information under the heading “Change in Campus Custodial Services Starts Today” in the Osprey Update of April 30, 2012 (at the end of the Spring semester) an effective way to communicate such policy changes to UNF employees? Osprey Update is the official source for providing notices to the campus community every day the University is open. 

 

Can the cleaning of offices be reduced to emptying trashes once a week? Is this sufficient? Is the implication here that UNF employees should clean their offices? As stated in the notice, trash will continue to be collected daily if left outside of the individual’s office.  Offices are cleaned weekly by the custodial staff.  Daily cleaning is excessive.

 

Could the sudden and unprecedented occurrence of fruit flies in some of our offices have been avoided by a more effective information campaign in regard to “Change in Campus Custodial Services”?  According to our pest control vendor, fruit flies in offices are usually attributed to house plants fungus, not trash.  

 

Is the line of trash cans laying outside of our offices adding to the so-much worked for aesthetic quality of our campus?  It is not ideal but cost effective.

 

Furthermore, are the decrease in office cleaning, limited circulation regarding to policy changes affecting the cleaning of employees’ offices, and the spraying of our offices with pesticides evidence of RATIONAL CHOICES in the long term? Could such changes negatively impact the environment and employees’ overall health? Are these decisions in line with our alleged commitment to a cleaner environment?  In light of this all, is the Change in Campus Custodial Services” cost-effective?

A cleaner environment starts with reducing how much trash is generated.  This change saved the University more than $200,000.  We believe this change has been cost effective and more efficient for the University.

 

Shari Shuman

VP, Administration and Finance

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, Fl  32224

904-620-4727

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