||[Apr. 18th, 2007|07:15 am]
A short film I like with some awesome imagery.
An office desk (supposedly, Lord I hope it's not true) has 400 times more bacteria then a toilet.
And my desk is a mess. I don't like this factoid. Not one bit.
I have to share my desk, so you can imagine how nasty it would be if I didnt clean it. I get bored working 3rd shift so I have clean stuff in my drawer and break it out often.
I have the Lysol wipes and I will ask other people on my team if they would like a wipe to clean their desk & believe it or not the normally say no to which I respond "it kills 99.9% bacteria & germs" and then they will want one to clean their desk. ;)
I am evil. maybe. or. maybe I just dont like to be sick from office colds!
Of course, colds are caused by viruses, and anti-bacterial Lysol and other products don't really deal with viruses. There's also the fact that we've been living around bacteria all our lives and we're still here. The number of times they cause us problems, in relation to just how omnipresent they are, is quite tiny. And, of course, we need them—to help digestion in our guts, for example.
I'd be more concerned about the effects (on our health, and on that of other species and the only planet we have to live on) of obtaining and processing all these resources to make so many cans of Lysol, these wipes, &c. I'm not suggesting that we stop being clean or completely stop making and using products that help us stay healthy; but we have been known to take things too far in one direction at the neglect of heading in other, much more vital directions. For example, the average amount of time in which disinfectants are allowed to do their jobs on surfaces in U.S. hospitals is generally ineffective, even though hospitals are full of people with infections—and yet people wipe down their office desks every day (again, usually for too short a time for the product to do its job properly) even though they were touched by pretty much a few healthy people and some paper.
Last point in my babble: I wish workers would understand that sick days aren't just so they can rest at home—they're also so that the rest of the workforce doesn't have to be exposed to whatever the contagion is. If silly Becky would just stay home when she's sick, rather than smearing her snotty hands all over my desk phone while coughing into it, maybe I wouldn't have to worry about whether I was going to catch her bug by touching my own phone.
It's too bad Silly Becky probably has only a specific amount of paid time off, or sick days she can use before Silly Becky becomes sad unemployed Becky. :( It's a really shitty situation out there for peoplethat get sick and the repercussions that are there for people taking care of themselves at a lot of workplaces.
I know. This situation has gotten way out of hand in recent years in this country. We have people using their sick days for vacation because they don't get enough vacation days to really relax and thus be better workers—and yet we also have many people who are so afraid (and often for good reason) of losing our jobs that they come in when they're sick and also don't go on their vacations. Every solution is going to have drawbacks; but something needs to change with this workaholism. It seems that both employers and employees have forgotten what kinds of schedules and workloads lead to healthy, productive, happy workforces. The last long office job I had, I didn't have benefits until I'd been there more than a year, and I didn't get paid when I wasn't there—so I took only a single day off in my first whole year there. Did working all those days without a break make me a more valuable employee? In somebody's eyes, probably yes. In reality, probably no.
Agreed. It's a big mess. :(
Oh Lord, I am SO glad I don't have to share my desk with anyone.
Haha, I'm disorganized enough, I don't need other peoples grossness to intermingle with mine.
Plus I chew on pens. It's baaad.