By Jug Varner
From information by the Associated Press in the Sarasota Herald Tribune

ServiceMasterClean, a Memphis-based janitorial company recently conducted a very interesting Office Cleanliness Monitor poll which, if indicative of the typical American workplace, is rather shocking.

Only 40% of the 1,000 office workers surveyed said they have confidence in the building’s cleaning staff. Moreover, many say they see plenty of unsanitary behavior by co-workers.

Some 85% said they eat at their office workplace, more than a third said they clip their nails at work, and 22% have seen a co-worker sneeze, cough or yawn almost daily without covering his or her mouth. (Sounds like little germ-carrying elementary school kids who haven’t yet learned good personal habits, huh?)

Equally as bad, more than 50% have seen co-workers leave the restroom without washing his or her hands - (Something I personally have noticed in most public restrooms as well).

Such behavior can have severe consequences. More than 75% of these employees said they get sick each year from co-workers (again, reminiscent of elementary school, huh?).

On the day after I read these statistics, I stopped by a local supermarket to pick up a few items and noted a long line of folks near the entrance, awaiting complimentary flu shots.

Conversing with two others while waiting in the checkout counter line, one said, “You know, if everyone would wash their hands at every opportunity, there might not be so much need for flu shots.”

Then I thought again about the skuzzy habits of typical co-workers and added, “Yeah, and if we could instill this habit in our kids before they start to school, maybe it would help eliminate the flu and a lot of health problems throughout their lives.”

When I was a kid, my parents preached, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” I believe it still works!