Offices with Poor Hygiene Cost the British Economy £13.7 Billion a Year

It’s elementary that an unclean workplace could effect employee health and cause the occasional sick-day – but did you know that offices with poor hygiene cost the British economy £13.7 billion a year?

That’s exactly the case according to a report conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) earlier this year, who conducted the research on behalf of a leading hygienist group.

Economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, Daniel Solomon commented: “This report indicates that for every worker employed, British businesses are throwing £700 down the drain. It’s a general rule that the better you care for something, the better it will perform. The British workforce is no exception. For the majority of businesses, staff represent a significant investment. In failing to create a healthy workplace environment, employers are failing their employees and businesses.”

The survey also provided some valuable insight into the effects good office cleaning have on staff happiness and job satisfaction. Something for all office managers to consider next time they’re budgeting for the contract cleaners is that the average UK office worker would be willing to sacrifice £130 per annum to ensure their offices are maintained to a higher hygiene standard.

Who would have guessed?