New research has found that 59 per cent of Australians have had their bosses task them with cleaning their own work spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over half (55 per cent) of those surveyed also believe they will be made responsible for the ongoing cleaning of work spaces, in order to save their businesses the cost of commercial cleaning services.
The smaller the company, the less cleaning, too.
More than half (54 per cent) of respondents in organisations of 501-1000 employees and 51 per cent of those in companies with 51-500 employees say their workplace is being cleaned more regularly.
This compares with 34 per cent of business with less than 15 employees.
The findings come from an independent survey of a nationally representative panel of 1000 Australian employees, commissioned by anti-viral cleaning company Cleancorp.
“It is concerning to see that such a high number of workplaces are asking their own employees to do the cleaning work, and that many are not implementing daily cleaning practices,” Lisa Macqueen, Co-Founder and Director at Cleancorp, said.
“Given the current climate, cutting corners by using untrained staff and failing to enforce appropriate measures in the workplace can have a devastating impact on your organisation, as it not only opens staff up to the risk of contracting COVID-19, but to injury as well.”
Over a third (34 per cent) of respondents admit their workplaces are not cleaned daily, with 22 per cent claiming they have not seen any additional cleaning efforts since COVID-19.
“Organisations have a responsibly to keep their staff safe and it is extremely important to hire a professional anti-viral cleaning service to undertake the cleaning of the workplace on a regular basis,”Ms Macqueen said.
“Hiring a service that has been cleaning to a hospital standard for years will also ensure you are actively working to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.
“If budget constraints hinder your organisation from accessing a daily professional cleaning service, consider flexible work arrangements that allow staff to work from home on the days the workplace goes without a clean.”