30 September 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Only about a third of workers confirm that their desk is cleaned daily, according to survey results from cleaning company GCC facilities management.
GCC facilities management surveyed more than 650 members of the public workforce to gain an understanding on how often their workspaces and equipment are cleaned.
This was in addition to research done by Printerland in May 2018, which found that the average desk harbours 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.
Only 39 per cent of those asked said they were happy with the cleanliness of the toilet and their workplace and only 38 per cent said they were happy with the cleanliness of the workplace kitchen.
Thirty-two per cent of those asked said the poor cleanliness at work caused them to bring in their own kitchenware.
Of those surveyed, 23 per cent said they spent personal income on cleaning equipment or appliances for the sole purpose of using them in the office.
Despite the lack of willingness to clean the telephone, it harbours 25,127 germs per square inch, this being 760 per cent more than the keyboard, on which lurk 3,295 germs per square inch. This makes it one of the dirtiest items surveyed. The mouse was the cleanest of all three items, with 1,676 germs per square inch.