Is your office kitchen a health hazard?
If you work in an office, how you eat your midday meal or even make a drink depends a lot on the kitchen facilities you have available and of course their condition… Do you have somewhere to sit and eat? Do you have access to a decent microwave? Is the fridge overflowing with out-of-date food? Are there smelly dishcloths in the sink? Or are you blessed with a comfortable, clean and tidy space?
Increasingly, more and more businesses are seeing the benefits, not only of creating a separate kitchen area within the workplace, but also of providing a space where staff can go to relax and eat their lunch away from their desks, because eating at a desk comes with it’s own problems! The crumbs that accumulate on and around the keyboard provide the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive, not to mention the smells that could upset colleagues.
At the very least staff expect the kitchen to include a number of essentials:
- Comfortable seating
- Hand and dish washing liquids
So you see, you don’t need to spend a fortune, if you invest in these essentials, you’ll have the basis of a great office kitchen and you could see a difference in your employee’s motivation and productivity almost immediately.
Although, research suggests that around 70% of UK office workers viewed the office kitchen as more than just a place to eat and make a drink. It represents a place for impromptu meetings and one of the few opportunities that people have to network, by chatting to or bumping into colleagues who are not in their normal circle. Chats of this kind can also be a great opportunity to share knowledge and news about work-related issues, thereby improving performance and efficiency.
Making small investments in the office kitchen can lead to significant benefits in any workplace.
How do you deal with lunch in the office? Do you eat at your desk? Find a quiet spot to relax? Do you have a nice kitchen environment or is it a nightmare? If it’s the latter, call us today on 03300 415 119 to see how we can help.