This is my desk. It’s definitely not the most organized one around. A disorganized desk can be a big problem this time of year, not because I can’t find things, but because of cold and flu season. We spend a lot of time in our offices and workplaces and our desks are hotbeds for bacteria and germs. In fact, keyboards, computer mice and phones (cell and desk) routinely rank among the dirtiest, germiest things we touch every day.
Let’s be honest. We can’t avoid keyboards, phones and other office items. I am pretty sure blogging using stone and a chisel wouldn’t work that well. Here are some tips for keeping your desk clean and germ-free.
1) Clean off your desk. Straighten up at the end of every day, getting rid of papers you don’t need and filing ones you do. That way, you’ll start the next day in an organized fashion and keep things from piling up.
2) Sanitize often. You should wipe your keyboard, mouse, phone, desk and any other surfaces in your office at least once a day with some kind of sanitizing solution. If you share a desk or workspace, you probably want to clean in between each shift. You should also clean inside drawers and cabinets at least once a month. Try keeping a container of pre-moistened sanitizing wipes in your office. You can also make your own sanitizer using a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water for a green cleaning approach. Just spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes and wipe with a paper towel or rag.
3) Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and running water often, especially after using the restroom and before eating. Dry them with a paper towel, not an electric hand dryer. Use hand sanitizer in between washings.
4) Watch what you touch. This is a toughie, but germs are spread by touching things. If you touch a germy keyboard, then your face, you increase your chances of spreading germs. Try to keep your hands away from your face to avoid getting sick.
5) If you’re sick, stay home. It sounds obvious, but millions of people go to work when they’re sick. At the end of the day, it takes longer to recover and you’re more likely to make your coworkers sick too. That can decrease productivity for your entire company.
Keeping your desk clean will help keep you, your coworkers and your family healthier, and it only costs a few dollars.