In an office where you’re working in close proximity to your colleagues, micro-organisms spread like wildfire. This means nasty bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli, which cause stomach bugs, and cold and flu-causing viruses could be passed between the entire company if you’re not careful! Statistics show that sick days cost the economy over €77.5 billion a year; how much could it be costing your business?
It’s time to take back control. A clean office allows you to put a stop to harmful germs spreading around so fewer people will become ill. A cleaner office means happier, healthier staff, and less sick days!
So, where to begin?
To beat the germs, the trick is to tackle the most frequently touched areas of the office first, but where are they? The biggest culprits are desks, fridges, keyboards and mice, mugs, door handles, and photocopiers. Clean these hotspots regularly and say goodbye to an unhealthy workplace!
Another easy way to prevent germs from spreading is through simply changing behaviour and dropping nasty habits. Did you know that one in four office workers don’t wash their hands after using the toilet? You can easily understand how harmful bacteria can spread with such ease when so many people still avoid taking these basic hygiene steps!
Another bright idea is to always use your own mug; thanks to the aforementioned one in four, one in five office mugs carry faecal bacteria! Yuck! To avoid a nasty surprise in your cup of tea, don’t mug share, and while you’re at it, you might want to rethink hot-desking… The average keyboard has over 3000 microorganisms per square inch, and while you might not be concerned if they’re your own germs, if you’ve been sharing a desk, this likely isn’t the case.
But before you get too dismayed, don’t panic!
It’s not all doom and gloom, and there are plenty of things you can do to take back control of your health at work. While we’ve mentioned regularly cleaning the office germ hotspots, it’s not always realistic to expect everyone to follow suit; sometimes, it’s important to take matters into your own (clean) hands.
Time to go back to basics
Always wash your hands before you eat, no exceptions, and avoid touching your face unnecessarily throughout the day. If you want to be extra safe but don’t fancy scrubbing your hands about 100 times a day, a handy solution is to keep a hand sanitizer gel on your desk to keep the germs at bay. This will prove invaluable during flu season, and, if everyone in the office employs these habits, you’re sure to be germ-free all year round. Good personal hygiene doesn’t have to be complicated, and with these simple changes, you’ll definitely be onto a winner.
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