Even though we try to remain organized, most people who work at a desk end up with the desk looking cluttered. Whether it is unused office supplies, outdated manuals, or towering paper piles, there seems to be a steady supply of clutter.
Even though it may seem harmless when the first few papers start stacking up, having a cluttered desk usually leads to people becoming disorganized. Not just that, but it also leads to a cluttered mind, internal feelings of disarray, and leaves a bad impression on coworkers. However, what you probably did not know is that you can actually become sick due to having a messy desk.
Irritable Desk Syndrome
Yes, it sounds like something we just made up, but Irritable Desk Syndrome (IDS) is real. IDS was discovered by researchers at NEC-Mitsubishi. They found that many of the workers were suffering from IDS. It turns out that bad posture and a bad working environment contributed to stress and illness. Having a San Diego janitor service clean up around you could certainly help remove some of the excess clutter surrounding the desk. However, there are other benefits as well.
Your desk is not as clean as you think
A second study found that we might be working in a filthier environment than we had originally anticipated. A study showed the following:
• Areas that did not have a daily cleaning with disinfecting wipes saw bacteria levels increase between 20 and 30 percent each day.
• Phones had the highest number of germs, followed by computer keyboards, microwave door handles, water fountain handles, and desks.
• While we are typing away at our keyboard, 10 million germs may be surrounding our hands at any given time.
• Throughout the entire office, it was the toilet seats that had the lowest levels of bacteria.
Remember, without a San Diego janitor service to clean these problem areas thoroughly, how often do you believe that they go unattended?
The truth about our desks
According to Charles Gerba, PhD (University of Arizona), an environmental virologist, the desk has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet and 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table. Yet we sit and eat at our desks without thinking twice about it. That is something important to remember if you have ever sat on the fence when it comes to hiring a San Diego janitor service.