According to the Office of National Statistics, a typical office based work place loses 12.4 days per employee to sickness absence each year, at an average cost of £940 per employee.
It’s very easy for germs to spread in any warm environment be it home or office. So it won’t surprise you to learn that one small bacteria on a headset in the warm conditions created by being pressed against the ear could multiply up to 700 times per hour. And one of the quickest routes to infection leading to expensive sickness absence is in the ear canal. Employers have a duty of care to provide a clean environment so to help minimise staff absence and avoid potential litigation.