Continuing from Dirty Workplaces, Sick Workers and How to Protect Yourself (Part 1), below, we will share some additional key findings of the recent Kimberly-Clark Professionals’ study on the dangers and prevalence of office germs. While these findings may be alarming and disconcerting, it’s important that office workers are aware of them so that they remain diligent about washing their hands and protecting themselves from potentially infectious office germs.
Additional Study Findings: The Danger of Office Germs
The following are some additional shocking findings of this in-depth look at the dangers and prevalence of office germs:
- Break rooms are one of the homes to some of the nastiest office germs. In fact, handles to refrigerators, sink knobs and vending machine buttons are some of the dirtiest, most germ-infested places in offices.
- Other particularly dirty areas in offices reportedly included keyboards and drinking fountain buttons.
- About every 30 minutes or so, office workers touch about 300 different surfaces (many of which are shared by multiple employees in the office). This exposed them to more than 840,000 different germs in any given day.
- About 55 American workers reportedly admit to feeling guilty if they call in sick to work (even when they have illnesses that could spread to other employees).
- Only about 3 percent of office workers will reportedly skip meetings that involve other employees who are sick.
- More than 50 percent of all office workers do not wash their hands after exchanging money with other employees (like, for example, when paying a co-worker back for picking up lunch).
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