A Healthy Workforce Is A Happy WorkforcePosted on: November 1st 2021 • Posted in: General News
Christmas is just around the corner, but it can be hard to get that festive feeling when the cold and flu season is also upon us!
It’s ten times worse if you’re working in an office and what was once an innocent cough from a colleague now sparks Covid-19 concerns. Catching the office bug can drain energy and productivity for days and sometimes even weeks. A recent report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said minor illnesses were the most common cause of office absences, with the total number of days missed last year because of sickness was equivalent to 4.4 per worker. What’s more, sick days on average costs the economy more than £29bn a year!
Have you ever stopped to consider how you’re catching the office bug? Lower your glare at the office splutterer as 80% of infections are transmitted via contaminated surfaces, not from coughing and sneezing. You’re picking up germs every time you touch your desk, keyboard and telephone to name a few. To put it into perspective, office toilets harbour a mere 49 microbes of bacteria per square inch, whereas there are more than 10 million bacteria are on a typical office desk! Keyboards and computer mice contain between 1,000 to 3,000 germs but the worst culprit is the telephone, which can hoard over 25,000 germs per square inch.
Bacteria survives well in offices, with viruses such as the flu lasting over 24 hours. Most offices have professional cleaners but no matter how much they polish, germs will linger. Especially as their contracts don’t typically cover cleaning desktop IT equipment. Failing to clean desktop IT equipment regularly and thoroughly can encourage dangerous bugs to breed, such as Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, E-coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to name a few.
When your workload is mounting and you’re trying to get everything tied up before the end of the year, the last thing you need is an army of poorly workers, especially when there’s something you can do to help reduce the spread of germs in the office. Companies who prioritise employee wellbeing have lower absenteeism rates, increased productivity, and lower staff turnover.
That’s where we can help! Techclean has been carrying out specialist desktop IT equipment cleaning services since 1983. Our operatives are DBS checked, receive regular training and best practice upgrades. Our unique cleaning fluids have been formulated over the last 30+ years for their effectiveness in keeping our clients’ IT equipment clean. The detergents we apply won’t harm the equipment or leak into the hard drives. In fact, the tailor-made products we apply actually leave behind a resin to provide on-going protection.
Call us today to get a quote and find out more about how your local Techclean specialist can help you and your team.