Workers have a lack of understanding about the annual spring clean when it comes to their office, new research has revealed.
A survey of 1,015 UK office workers carried out by household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk found only 41 per cent had carried out a spring clean in the office this year.
In fact, while 71 per cent have a cleaner at work, 42 per cent of workers believe that their business expects them to do a spring clean in the office.
When quizzed on the reasons for these spring cleaning habits among workers, an overwhelming 44 per cent of those surveyed revealed that they don’t know which cleaning tasks are involved when it comes to the annual spring clean.
A further 37 per cent admitted they didn’t even know what the spring clean means and a similar number (35 per cent) said they didn’t have the time to spend spring cleaning the home this year.
This was followed by 27 per cent who confessed that it is because they needed help spring cleaning, while 19 per cent said they believe their office doesn’t need cleaning.
The survey also found that some key spring cleaning tasks were not done by many, including dusting skirting boards (14 per cent) and vacuuming air vents (seven per cent).
Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk, commented: “Surprisingly there are still many of us who don’t know how to effectively do our annual spring clean and even some that don’t know what the meaning of the spring clean actually is, despite it being a longstanding British tradition.
“It is clear that Britons are leading busier lives than ever before, but it is important to stay on top of the spring clean and the task does only come around once every year. Perhaps by separating the spring cleaning chores into smaller chunks among it can be more manageable and easier for many of us.”
Despite the majority not doing a spring clean this year, 43 per cent admitted they stress about the cleanliness of their office.