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 per cent of office workers also say that their colleagues’ dishwashing abilities are well below par.
The survey of 500 office workers, commissioned as part of the launch of Miele’s new commercial dishwasher range, ProfiLine, found that organisations could face difficulties recruiting new talent if they can’t provide high quality kitchen facilities, with 54 per cent 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 per cent of respondents, while grimy work surfaces, dirty appliances and overflowing bins are also leaving many UK employees feeling disgusted with colleagues. Unsurprisingly, 75 per cent 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 per cent would hang a sign in the kitchen while 41 per cent would ‘out’ a colleague in front of other employees and 55 per cent would report a culprit to management. This highlights the wider affect that unclean kitchen facilities can have on employee happiness and job satisfaction.
Sam Bailey, Sales & Marketing Director for the Professional division of Miele said, “for many offices and workers throughout the UK the kitchen is a hive of activity and the heart of the business. The fact that only a third of UK offices have a dishwasher highlights the need for quality and reliable appliances to help to make life easier for staff and ensure dirty dishes are returned clean. Busy offices need the convenience of a dishwasher that consistently delivers outstanding results with fast cycle times.”
The research also highlighted that many office kitchens are lacking the appliances needed to uphold a high standard of kitchen etiquette. Only a third have a dishwasher and even then, not all employees are using the appliances available to their advantage. Only a fifth of individuals rate their own dishwashing as excellent, and quarter admit to not emptying the dishwasher when it has finished its cycle. Despite these issues, the office kitchen appears to be a vital part of working life.
Other key findings about the office kitchen
61% respondents use the facilities up to several times a day
35% feel as though the kitchen offers an opportunity to socialise
34% like having access to free drinks such as tea and coffee
48% want comfy sofas for chilling out
41% demand free Wi-Fi
55% feel as though TV and music on demand would be a welcome addition
47% feel as though having more cleaning equipment and white goods such as dishwashers would help to improve the quality of the office kitchen and help to maintain cleanliness standards