Janitors deserve praise

A janitor in New Mexico is being saluted as a hero after saving the lives of high school students in a school shooting, but Thomas Hill has no recognition for his daily work.

The work of janitors goes unnoticed unless it is out of the ordinary, but their everyday labours should not go unheeded.

Janitors deserve to be thanked for their efforts. Gratitude can be beneficial for the giver as well as the receiver. At the start of a new year when everyone is making New Year’s resolutions, gratitude is a good one to add.

We don’t often show our gratitude for the hard work and commitment that goes on behind the scenes.

The hard-working janitors at Durham College, Tina La Touche, Steve Heyes, Eva McNeill and others, clean up our public spaces.

Thanks to our tireless janitors, we have a clean campus.

A 2015 UC Davis health study shows there are many benefits to being grateful. Gratefulness can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of depression and help you sleep better.

Loose garbage can be a health hazard. It allows bacteria to grow, attracting pests such as mice, cockroaches, rats, and flies. The pests then become carriers, spreading the bacteria.

A person who comes in contact with the bacteria could become sick from diseases such as salmonellosis, shigellosis, staphylococcal food poisoning, infections and tetanus.

Without the work of janitors like Tina La Touche, Steve Heyes and Eva McNeill to clear our public spaces of unwanted filth, the pests and diseases would run rampant.  It wouldn’t hurt to show some gratitude towards them for how they help keep us healthy.

Being a janitor is an extremely physical job: lifting full garbage bags, mopping floors, sweeping, and walking all over the building, often pushing a cart loaded with supplies. All the physical labour is tiring and can cause minor injuries, such as pulled muscles.

No sooner is a space clean then it’s dirty again, especially with students studying all day in the college. For example, the cafeteria. There are no set lunch periods, which means students come and go as they please, leaving garbage, dirt or snow from their shoes and, of course, food scraps in the cafeteria.

Since there is no set lunch, a janitor might clean off one table, just to turn around and find a different student sitting there. They might not be able to clean another table because it is occupied.
Janitors work every day to keep our public spaces clean and sanitary, going unnoticed in the crowd. They should be thanked for their efforts.

The next time you see a janitor hard at work, take a second and say a simple ‘Thank you,’ for all the things they do for you. Even a simple ‘hello’ could make someone’s day.