Businesses could be losing out by not providing a clean environment for their employees to work in, according to a new report.
A study by Initial Washroom Hygiene found that general office hygiene is poor, resulting in financial losses for the companies affected.
When questioned about the cleanliness of their workplace, 39% of office workers said better hygiene would protect them from unwanted illness and increase their level of job satisfaction. On average, UK office workers said they would sacrifice £130 per annum to ensure their offices are maintained to a higher standard.
The report suggests that businesses are losing £700 per employee due to workplace cleanliness issues. This accounts for time taken off sick due to poor hygiene, as well as time wasted queuing for a clean toilet or washing dirty dishes.
In total, it’s calculated that the UK economy lost £13.7 billion in 2013 due to issues caused by bad workplace hygiene.
Dr. Peter Barratt, technical manager at Initial Washroom Hygiene, said “If employers invest the money workers would be willing to sacrifice in higher quality hygiene facilities, they would be happier, healthier and more productive workforces. By waking up to the real business benefit of providing hygienic environments, organisations will see demonstrable impact on their business’ bottom lines”.