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Detox your Desk

office productivity hacksAs we enter a new year, a common resolution amongst many people is to lead a healthier lifestyle. However, by the beginning of February many are struck down by sickness bugs and colds, causing the first Monday in February to be dubbed ‘Sickie Day’ as it is when employees are most likely to call in sick.

To avoid becoming a victim of winter viruses, try giving your workstation a deep cleanse and much-needed detox to stop the chances of you falling ill. As it has been reported that the average desk harbours 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat, our experts at CPS Interiors have put together a list of the main areas germs can be found on your desk so you can stop the problem from worsening.

Desk equipment

Your computer mouse, keyboard and desk phone are all breeding grounds for germs, and without regular cleaning they can harbour millions of bacteria that could cause illness and stomach bugs. We suggest you keep your desk fully equipped with boxes of antibacterial wipes for regular cleaning and frequently use hand sanitiser to stop germs spreading.

Eating food at the desk

A hectic working day or lack of facilities can mean many employees eat their breakfast or lunch at their desks. While this may be a more convenient option, it can cause a great deal of bacteria and mess to accumulate at your workstation, creating a haven for germs.

This can be avoided by adding in breakout areas and lunchrooms to encourage workers to eat away from their desks and restrict food-related mess. If necessary, you could ban staff from eating at their desks entirely as a preventative measure.

Furniture

If your office budget allows you to do so, it’s worth investing in new furniture which is easy to keep clean, particularly if yours is very old. Suggestions include:

  • replace old, dirty desks with smooth, flat ones so there are no nooks and crannies for dirt to hide in
  • as chair handles are one of the most germ-ridden places in an office, change your used office chair for a design which is much easier to look after and clean

Hands contaminated with viruses transfer them to 14 other people

In an office, everyone works together in very close proximity, causing germs and sickness bugs to spread extremely quickly. Employees coming into work when they’re sick can cause major issues as they are not able to work to their full potential and will unintentionally spread their germs, making others sick as well. Therefore, it’s worth revising your sick leave policy to encourage workers to stay at home when they are ill, possibly saving you money in the long term.

Our fully trained and experienced team at CPS Interiors provide premium quality commercial and office interiors tailored to your individual requirements. Our interior refurbishment services include:

Simply get in touch with our friendly team today for further information or advice about how we can help you.

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