Over half of all UK bosses are asking their employees to do this – are you? We all want to work in a clean office, but scrubbing toilets definitely wasn’t in the job description.
Companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and maximise profits, but they might be shooting themselves in the foot.
A recent survey conducted by Furniture123 found that more than half of UK workers perform cleaning duties in their place of work. Despite 85% of respondents claiming that their company employs a cleaner, 55% of employees have been involved in office clean-ups.
On average, UK workers spend three minutes each day cleaning the office, which costs companies 13 working hours each year.
Of course, we all want a clean office. However, emptying bins, cleaning bathrooms and vacuuming weren’t listed on the job description.
Clean office: Top cleaning tasks wasting work hours
The biggest time-waster for employees is cleaning their desks. After numerous cups of coffee and the leftover crumbs from lunchtime, 85% of employees spend time cleaning their personal area each week. Likewise, 52% also clean the kitchen area.
It isn’t unreasonable to expect workers to tidy up their own messes. Although, a large number of employees also spend time performing far less reasonable tasks. For example, 47% of UK workers vacuum on a weekly basis, while 47% have also had to empty the bins.
While less common, employees have also had to take time out of their day to care for the office plant (17%). They also wash the windows (11%) and mop the floor (8%).
However, the most ludicrous of all, 15% of employees clean the office bathroom each week.