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Question: I work in an office with 19 other people and I am in charge of turning on the dishwasher each night before leaving.  To some, this translates to me also being in charge of cleaning up after everyone.

Often, there are dirty dishes in the sink or the counter, crumbs on the table, empty food containers left out, etc. ... and it's left for me to clean up.

Several memos have been distributed to the staff to remind them to take responsibility for their own housekeeping, but it has not been successful.  Any ideas?  I'm tired of being known as the office maid. My name is not Hazel!  -- Anonymous


People are not going to clean up after themselves if they do not have to. In our office, we rotate. There is a posted list as to who is to 'clean up' on which days, etc. It works well and this way no one is left doing it all the time.

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Leon. April 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm

What we did in our company was if the items were left lying around on counter tops and in sinks, we just threw the dishes and such in the trash at the end of each everyday.
Staff members started to bring in there own dinnerware. This cut down on the problems.


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