Responding to the changing needs of today's cleaning professionals, AFFLINK, suggests that the industry take a closer look at the opportunities and possibilities workloading provides.

Workloading is a technique that helps both in-house cleaning professionals and cleaning contractors more precisely determine the labor hours and related costs involved in cleaning a facility.

AFFLINK considers workloading so important that it is one of the key components of the company's Web-based  eLev8Â process.

The eLev8 process is available to AFFLINK distributors and their clients throughout North America.

"Workloading allows cleaning contractors to prepare more accurate bids," says David Frank, President of the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences and developer of workloading training tools for such organizations as ISSA's CIMS program.

"And [it] helps both contractors and facility managers calculate the staffing levels necessary to clean and maintain their facilities."

Leah Runge, Marketing Manager for AFFLINK's eLev8 system, adds that workloading has grown in importance because of the recent economic downturn.

"Many cleaning contractors and facility managers indicate they are more focused than ever before on what they are spending for cleaning and finding ways to streamline the process and make it more cost effective."

Runge adds that workloading is probably the most reliable way of determining how many service hours are needed to clean a facility and how much it will likely cost.

"Every [cleaning] task takes time, and workloading embodies the cliché that 'time is money,' helping to 'dollarize' cleaning time."

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