hot desks become sick desks

Don’t let your hot desks become sick desks

Posted on: February 6th 2015    •    Posted in: PC Cleaning

These days you are just as likely to find yourself sharing a work space as having one of your own. The naval term “hot racking” was coined to describe how sailors on different shifts shared the one bunk, and from this came the phrase hot-desking. Just like on bunks, humans leave a footprint of viruses and bacteria at their desks. If not kept in check, these footprints can spread illnesses such as colds and flu.

When an office environment is organised with hot-desking, several co-workers share the one desk or work surface. Sometimes they are on different shifts, but just as often they are working at the same time. Many roles do not require a work station for the whole of the day and it can save a lot of office space and equipment to have staff sharing a desk. What you don’t want them to share is bacteria and germs.

Unfortunately this can be the case if your desktop PC and IT equipment is not properly cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals. In fact, there can be up to 14 times the amount of dirt, fungi and germs on a computer keyboard as on a toilet. Today’s work environment also means that people often eat at their desks frequently dropping crumbs onto their keyboards and transferring bacteria.

During winter months we often see tips in the media on how to stay fit; but how often is this then translated to the office environment? Whilst hot-desking may save you some space and money on equipment, it might well pose a health and safety risk to you and your employees. Cleaning your IT equipment regularly using a professional service is the answer.

Keyboards, mice, the CPU and monitors should be cleaned and treated with an anti-microbial agent to attack bacteria, fungi, mould and viruses. Desk phones and EPOS devices, which are used by multiple people, should also be properly cleaned, especially when hot-desking. At the very least you could save your company many days in sick leave which has a financial impact, as well as having your best people out of action for days at a time.

When you have your office cleaned, consider having your data room professionally cleaned at the same time. If you haven’t previously considered that a data room could be a “dirty” space then it’s time for a rethink. Even in relatively unused areas of a building dust and bacteria will build-up, especially where there is low air circulation. This can reduce the potential for downtime on the part of your data storage devices and mainframe CPU. Professional cleaning can literally get you out of the hot seat if you have a problem with bugs in your office that affect your employees, your customers or your technology.

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