Hot-desking 'causing illness'

01-08-2007

Hot-desking 'causing illness'
A significant number of office-based employees are literally becoming sick of work according to new reports highlighting the disease and illness risks associated with less-than-clean workstations and desk areas.

Over 70 per cent of respondents to a survey commissioned by Durable UK agreed that their work areas are making them ill, highlighting hot-desking as a key source of the problem.

More than two thirds stated that that they feel exposed to all manner of germs in the workplace while 67 per cent have taken time off in the past year.

Overall, 80 per cent admitted to sharing workstations, which could contribute to increased risk of germs being spread. In addition some 30 per cent of offices do not have a cleaner, meaning that staff are required to take up that duty on their own.

"Desks can be filthy things and any item resting upon them harbours untold amounts of grime and bacteria," commented cleanliness expert Kim Woodburn, according to Online Recruitment.

"If you're going to put your dirty hands on keyboards and sneeze while you're on the phone, there's no doubt that you'll expose your equipment to all sorts of unpleasant organisms," she added.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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