A survey of 2,000 employees has revealed that accountants and lawyers are guilty of having the messiest desks. The research which was carried out by Viking, an office supplies firm, showed that 56% of respondents admitted to knowing a colleague who suffered from messy desk syndrome. Of these colleagues, accountants took pole position as the worst offenders at 64%, closely followed by lawyers at 61%. In contrast bankers (33%) and estate agents (35%) were considered the tidiest.
This public naming and shaming of office workers also acts as a warning that the mounds of paperwork on your desk can conceal hidden germs that can cause serious health issues and spread illness.
Warning: Don’t read this if you haven’t eaten lunch yet.
You might think your desk is pretty clean, but take a look at what’s lurking:
- Keyboards contain 70 percent more bacteria than a toilet seat.Office phones host around 25,000 germs per square inch.Office desks are more than 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat.The area on your desk where your hands rest has around 10,000 bacteria.
- The main source of this bacteria is the food traces left after eating lunch at your desk.
- Without cleaning, a small area on your desk or phone can sustain millions of bacteria that could potentially cause illness.
Another study which took swabs of 300 untidy desks discovered that many contained common bacteria known to cause sickness, including bacillus (90%), staphylococcus (60%) and micrococcus (50%). Workers with a cold or flu virus can also pass it on through office equipment such as photocopiers and microwaves.
To help prevent the spread of germs in your office, think about employing a professional commercial cleaning company.
Here at The Organised Cleaning Company, we like to think of ourselves as ‘miracle workers’. Our team of cleaners have the ability to convert even the dirtiest, messiest offices into works of art.
Our dedication to consistently good service means that 99% of our clients would never consider using another cleaning company. So if your office or commercial premises is in need of some TLC, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7458 4433.