There’s nothing honest about germs. Underhand and sly, they’re your worst partners ever.
And of course, unwanted.
But you’ve got them, whether you like it or not. Every business has. And every person.
Once thought to be 10 times as many, around half our body cells are actually bacteria – the good guys that handle digestion, create proteins and even manage our immune systems.
The ten times number are the viruses – 10 for every bacterium – mostly passive, some benign and also part of our defences.
The good germs keep the bad germs out. Protecting us from infection – either by crowding harmful newcomers away, or ganging up on them and eating them. Getting rid of the unwanted.
Outside our bodies though, it’s a free-for-all.
Germs, germs, everywhere
Good and bad are all mixed up – filling the air and spread across every surface. So tiny they collect in the minutest cracks and crevices – almost impossible to get out.
Which makes them seriously bad for business throughout the workplace. The unwanted are in force – and there’s nothing to stop them.
Staff are exposed. They become ill. Their performance is impaired. And productivity nosedives.
Not so easy to concentrate with a pounding head or wrenching gut-ache.
Work slows, attention falters and accuracy goes for a loop. Jobs take twice as long, get snarled in hiccups, turn out second-best or worse.
None of which is staff’s fault.
The germs are just sitting there, invisible in the office, invisibly picked up.
Until staff very visibly start succumbing.
Moving around in the same space – touching the same objects, breathing the same air – they begin to infect each other. A mini epidemic. Losing out to the unwanted.
Usually not bad enough to send them home. But harmful enough to make them clumsy, give them two left feet, blundering through duties as a shadow of their real selves.
The walking wounded – with bad habits
Presenteeism it’s called.
Misguided martyrs who stay at work instead of booking off sick. More liabilities than assets. And costing money like you can’t believe – as this Germonomics calculator shows.
All happening invisibly because we can’t see germs.
No sign of dirt, everything looks clean, so we get careless. And how.
- 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after going to the toilet.
- 95% of people don’t even wash their hands properly.
- Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating.
And not just us, our surroundings too.
- The average desk has over 10 million unseen bacteria – 400 times more than a toilet.
- A typical keyboard may have 7,500 organisms hiding on it.
- Only one in five of us ever cleans our desk before eating.
- At least two in three of us always eat lunch there.
With sloppy habits like that, the unwanted overrun us. We’re infested and don’t even know it. Until we run to the Doc for pills to keep us going – and the next few days are like hell.
But prevention is better than cure. And a lot cheaper too – no mistakes or downtime to compensate for.
And prevention is push-button easy.
Because pressing a button is all it takes to mist up everywhere with germ-killing hydrogen peroxide – oxidising all germs to nothing. No bugs to catch, no sickness to suffer, no productivity to sabotage.
Which brings us back to making money, instead of losing it – moving forward, instead of drifting.
Bye, bye, germs.
Unwanted partners, who needs them?
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