Thursday 22 March 2018

Filthy offices to blame for the rise of cold and flu this winter

Just 30pc of office workers clean their desks regularly.
Just 30pc of office workers clean their desks regularly.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Filthy Irish office spaces and unkempt desks are to blame for the rise in the number of people struck by cold and flu this winter, according to new research.

The study found that one third of office workers feel their professional surroundings are unclean, while a shocking 70pc of people only clean their desks once every few months or not at all.

The research conducted by office supplies company Viking found that only one in five office workers sneeze and cough into a hankie or tissue when they are feeling ill.

The instances of cold and flu spread like wildfire through Irish office and the research found that 78pc of people come into work when they have a cold, despite putting their colleagues at risk of infection.

Speaking of the survey’s findings Michael Walby Director of Viking Ireland said: “Cold and influenza viruses are highly contagious and we all know that prevention is better than cure.”

“Lack of cleanliness and poor personal hygiene can create an environment where germs and bacteria can spread more easily.”

Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted in the UK found that only a large proportion of office workers do not wash their hands correctly after visiting the loo.

The research revealed that men were the worst offenders with only 38pc washing their hands after visiting the loo. Women were more hygienic with 60pc of women washing their hands after the toilet.

The study was carried out by pest control company Rentokil Initial and secretly investigated the hand washing rituals of over 10000 office workers using sensors on toilet doors and hand-washing dispensers.

The company then revealed the dirty results to the workers via LCD monitors and found that public shaming improved the hand washing routines by 90pc in the week afterward before plateauing at an average of 82pc.

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