Studies have shown that the average work desk has more bacteria than a toilet seat. This is probably because so many people eat at their desks, and so few clean them. According to one survey, only slightly more than a third of respondents cleaned their work areas every week. One of the most important things workers can do to stay healthy is to clean their desk, computer keyboard and mouse at least once a week, or to hire office cleaners who will do it for you.
There are many ways that employees can keep their workspaces clean and safe. The first is to buy a good, all-around office-cleaning sanitizer and to use it often on desks and other work areas. It’s also a good idea to keep hand sanitizer on desks for those times when hand washing is inconvenient.
Clean out old papers on a desk by sorting them into ‘yes,’ ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ files. If the ‘maybe’ items haven’t been used in a month, employees should toss them out of their offices. Cleaning out old papers also removes a possible fire hazard and clutter. A spring clean can do a lot of good for organisations with lots of paper files, food cupboards, or stock storage areas. Again, de-clutter your storage area, throwing out files and old stock that no longer needs to be retained. This may be a good time for management to consider digitising files or re-arranging old storage systems to make them more space efficient, for example, by introducing new storage shelving and furniture.
Arrange a 5 minute roster for the staff to wash their dishes over the month. Appoint a different employee on which days to clean
Air fresheners: place them around the office for a cleaner feel and smell.
Supply your office with handy wipes for those unforseen spills of coffee.
Supply office with anti-bacterial gels. It is well documented that offices with this solution for their staff have less sick days because it minimizes cross contamination.
More people are eating at their desks while working. Crumbs fall into keyboards, so a keyboard brush would be handy to have in a designated area.