Here’s one reason to rethink office hygiene habits: one in five office mugs may contain fecal matter!
That gross little tidbit is according to a research study from TotalJobs who say those shared mugs are germ-filled because at least 25-percent of people don't wash their hands after using the bathroom at work. The study also says that people who eat at their desk are more likely to get sick because the average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat!
A doctor enlisted by the research company says people should constantly use wipes or hand gel before eating anything at their work desk. Also, regularly wash water bottles with soap and water and do not leave them out overnight.
And please, wash your hands after going to the bathroom!
Here are some tips for avoiding illness at work:
- Don’t eat a sandwich or rub your eye after using the photocopier or other shared office machinery.
- Always wash your hands before eating.
- Use some tissue, your elbows or your hand within a sleeve to open the toilet door.
- Use a sanitizer gel at your desk.
- If you are desk-sharing and using a phone that others have used, have a pack of antimicrobial wipes handy to banish bacteria and cold and flu viruses.
- Try not to chew pens. It could have been in someone else’s mouth, gathering dust under the desk or dropped on the bathroom floor.
Hey, I feel as icky as you do right now! I'm gonna go put on a Hazmat suit and sit down at my desk now.