Mission Statement & Guiding Principles
To provide an exceptional and personalized cleaning service that promotes a healthy environment and home.
Encourage environmentally friendly behaviors.
Acknowledge that honest & timely feedback is imperative to the growth, development, & success of our company.
Respect each other, our mission, our customer, and our environment.
Trust our team to maintain the confidence of our customers.
Help to create positive and sustainable growth in the communities we serve.
An ideal Happy Earth Cleaning employee is engaged in their work in an outgoing and positive way. They have enough courage to be fully present and imaginative on the job every day. Impactful work is accomplished when the employee can be accepting of their clients and co-workers in an authentic way. Consistent efforts will make the cleaner reliable and trustworthy in the eyes of their team. The culmination of these efforts will make their Happy Earth legacy noteworthy.
Our employees are the backbone of everything we do. Check out our team page to digitally meet them!
We believe in happiness (obviously), and we believe happiness likes to trickle down. The top of the chain is a healthy planet. In keeping the Earth happy, we promise to…
-Use only eco-friendly, sustainable and non-toxic cleaning supplies like:
-Dr. Bronner’s essential oil soaps
-Reduce a vast majority of our paper usage with an iPad fleet.
-Eliminate one-time-use and disposable products from our day-to-day operations as much as possible.
-Reuse cloth diapers, supplied by Do Good Diaper Service, as our main cleaning sponge/rag.
-Implement recycling/reuse programs to further reduce operations waste.
The next link down the happiness chain is our community. A healthy planet can support happy neighborhoods. In supporting Minneapolis and St. Paul, we pledge to…
-Keep our customer’s fuzzy friends happy. All employees are pet-friendly (pet-motivated is more accurate), and we’ve been known to build cleaning plans around special animal needs. Pets are people, too!
-Provide resources for our employees and customers to adopt their own green living habits. We're happy to share our green cleaning knowledge, just ask!
-Recycle our customers plastic bags. Simply leave them out for our team to collect on cleaning day.
-Clean the streets of Minneapolis pro bono whenever we get the chance.
-Work with Second Harvest Heartland to collect annual Food Drive donations for our neighbors in need.
-Partner with various pet rescues for our annual Pet Supply Drive.
-Inspire our artist-cleaners to create a comic book every year in celebration of Earth Day, ask us for the most recent issue!
-Promote other Mpls/St. Paul businesses fighting the good, green fight.
-Support other cooperatives and foster more democracy in our workplace.
Next comes the most valuable link in the happiness chain, our people. We prefer to hire artists and other creative types, so we can support the culture they create off the clock. Teamwork, equality, and open communication are vital to operating a humanistic cleaning service. For that reason, our team can rely on us to…
-Make our employees our own. There’s no “contracting” or 1099’s around here, all employees file W-2's for standard deductions on their hourly, full-time work.
-Pay competitive, livable wages. Our Cleaning Assistants start at $13/hr, Supervisors $15/hr, and office staff $16+/hr. We’ve scheduled annual raises for all employees to raise our starting wage to $15/hr long before the city of Minneapolis sets its new minimum wage at that level.
-Reimburse the federally suggested $0.54/mile so they can fuel, maintain and insure their car for the miles they drive for us.
-Purchase and maintain all green cleaning equipment and supplies necessary for their work.
-Pay regular, hourly wages for all time spent on the job: driving time, cleaning time and office time.
-Foster non-competitive promotion from within.
-Offer a Simple IRA retirement plan with funds matching from the co-op.
-Provide them each their own Costco membership.
-Pay regular hours for up to 6 sick days for each employee every year.
-Offer 1 week of paid vacation after 1 year of cleaning, 2 weeks after 3 years, and 3 weeks after 5 years.
-Encourage individual growth through paid development time.
The final link in the happiness chain is you, our customer. A happy earth, community, and cleaning team result in a naturally fresh and happy home.