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How to keep hot desking hygienic within your office environment

Posted on: August 1st 2021    •    Posted in: Office Cleaning, PC Cleaning

Whilst the nation is getting back on its feet and people are adjusting to the new normal at work, more companies in the UK are opting to move away from traditional personal desk arrangements in favour of hot-desking.

One of the main benefits that hot-desking brings to business owners is the estimated 30% that’s saved on running an office, using space more effectively by not automatically allocating individual work areas to workers who are on the road, work from home or work part-time.

Even though hot-desking is a cost-effective way to save money on renting office space – multiple people are using that one space, meaning that hot desks are hot beds for germs and bacteria.

You might be surprised to hear that hot-desking is less hygienic, given the amount of clutter you often see on desks in an office where everyone is assigned their own, but a clutter free hot-desk environment should not lull workers into a false sense of security. Looks can be deceiving.

Levels of residual bacteria naturally vary between people, and when you factor in people eating at their desks, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that sharing a desk space, keyboards and mice with colleagues or complete strangers comes with a potentially increased hygiene risk.

A study released by Initial Washroom Hygiene found that on average, bacterial contamination in hot-desking workplaces was 18% higher than those in a fixed-desk office, increasing the risk of cross-contamination and the spread of colds and viruses, such as Norovirus.

According to the HSE, 38.8 million estimated working days were lost due to work-related ill health in 2019/20, costing the UK economy billions.

By identifying where bacteria can spread and practicing targeted and appropriate cleaning methods, you can help break the chain of infection and reduce the risk of others catching avoidable illnesses.

Your desktop IT equipment, along with the staff who use it, are the very components that keeps your company functioning every single day. It therefore makes good business sense to keep the IT clean and in good working condition. As the UK’s leading expert in specialist Desktop IT cleaning, that’s where we can help!

Contact your local Techclean specialist today for more information.

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