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 especially in the winter months when central heating is on all day and windows remain closed. It won’t surprise you to learn that one small bacteria on a headset earpiece in the warm conditions which are increased 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 via the ear canal.
It has been proven that some work stations (and mobile phones), even those that are only used by one person, can be up to 1000 times dirtier than the average toilet seat, and toilet seats tend to get cleaned far more often.
Employers have a duty of care to provide a clean environment so to help minimise staff absence and avoid potential litigation NB Data have a range of work station cleansing products that will help clean headsets, PC’s, peripheral devices and more.