Essential Areas to Be Cleaned in Every Office

Messy OfficeFew offices are as clean as they should be, according to plenty of research done into this topic. The statistics gleaned from office environments and research around the world claim there are four vital 0ffice areas that demand proper cleaning. These are the keyboard, the telephone, the surface of the desk and the computer mouse.

Additional research has supported this through the fact there are countless more germs on the average phone than they are on a toilet seat. For any business that wishes to reduce the amount of sickness and time off experienced by employees, the act of cleaning these four areas daily will help achieve that aim.

E.coli is just one type of bacteria to be found in workplaces

Worryingly enough, E.coli is not the only harmful bacteria that has regularly been found in the workplace. Staph infections can also easily be contracted in these situations.

A spokesman for Procare Cleaning had this to say about the facts: “It is not surprising there is a high possibility for lots of bacteria to be found on these particular items within the office environment. However it is perhaps surprising to some business owners that reducing the level of sickness in their business could be as simple as having their offices properly cleaned every single day.”

Certainly the positive effect on productivity and wellbeing could more than make up for the investment made in a regular office cleaning service in the first place. It could definitely have a transformative effect.

Are Open Plan Offices Bad for Health?

OfficesAccording to an ever-increasing swathe of reports that have come to light in previous years, open-plan offices do not appear to be as good for productivity as first thought. However good office cleaning can help reduce the effects of open plan office design.

Indeed, one survey found that people working in open-plan offices were off sick 62% more of the time than those working in individual spaces. It would appear the idea of connecting workers with one another is good in terms of morale and camaraderie, but bad in terms of infections and illnesses. Stress seems to be a big problem in those who work in open-plan situations. However the spread of bugs and bacteria through an open-plan space is clearly far easier than it would be in enclosed spaces.

Colds tend to be passed more easily in open spaces, as do bacteria and other infections. If phones and computers are shared as well, it further encourages the spread of infection from one person to another, since they are unlikely to be cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day.

Regular cleaning is essential regardless of the office layout

Open-plan working however seems to be liked by staff and so could be more productive for businesses but only if regular office cleaning is adopted.

“Cleaning computer desks, phones and other areas, whether shared or not, helps to keep each area as safe and clean as possible,” said a spokesman for Procare Cleaning. “While it is up to the boss to decide whether to revert back to individual spaces instead of open-plan arrangements, regular cleaning has a lot to commend it in every respect.”