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Dirty office kitchens cause workplace rifts and disruption

Published 29th January, 2019 by Neil Nixon

Dirty office kitchens cause workplace rifts and disruption

New research from the professional division of Miele has revealed that dirty office kitchens are causing workplace rifts and disrupting performance, with 9 out of 10 workers surveyed wanting improved facilities. 44% of office workers also say that their colleagues’ dishwashing abilities are well below par.

The survey of 500 office workers found that organisations could face difficulties recruiting new talent if they can’t provide high quality kitchen facilities, with 54% of respondents admitting they would consider turning down a job if the kitchen was not up to scratch.

Unwashed dishes are the most common kitchen bugbear, for 45% of respondents, while grimy work surfaces, dirty appliances and overflowing bins are also leaving many UK employees feeling disgusted with colleagues. Unsurprisingly, 75% of individuals feel their home kitchen is much cleaner than their office facilities.

Workers are also more than happy to make their kitchen cleanliness dissatisfaction known. 76% would hang a sign in the kitchen while 41% would ‘out’ a colleague in front of other employees, and 55% would report a culprit to management. This highlights the wider affect that unclean kitchen facilities can have on employee happiness and job satisfaction.

Miele commissioned the independent survey with Sapio Research as part of its new ProfiLine Dishwasher launch. The new commercial dishwasher range promises quick cycle times along with faster drying times, making them highly suited to busy office kitchens.

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