Culture of hygiene in offices to be researched in new Leeds study.

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Leeds office workers lead the way in research on the Culture of Hygiene

**Research will explore if empowering individuals around hygiene in the workplace will provide reassurance about the return to the office post-pandemic **

As thousands of workers in Leeds begin returning to the office environment there is understandable anxiety from employers and employees alike about how we continue to live with the virus and the crucial role of hygiene must play in the workplace.

Pure Offices in Leeds is partnering with anti-bacterial wipes manufacturer, Uniwipe, on an exclusive research project to examine the “Culture of Hygiene” in offices in the post-pandemic era. They will explore theories that empowering individuals around the cleanliness of their own workspace could ultimately provide improved reassurance and boost productivity.

The research trial will run for three months initially in Leeds and the results and findings from the project will be rolled out across Pure Offices regional sites as well as being made available to Uniwipe’s office clients and distributors in the UK. Pure Offices own and manage space in 21 office locations across the UK providing flexible offices space for start-ups to global corporates.

Katie Whell, Operations Director at Pure Offices, said: “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have followed government guidance and provided a safe working environment for our customers. Through this trial in Leeds, we’re pleased to be able to offer another means of protection for our customers and look forward to finding out about the results of the research.”

Edward Rabey, Managing Director of antibacterial wipes manufacturer Uniwipe said: “The pandemic created a fundamental change in people’s standards and expectations for hygiene. We are hearing first-hand from our office sales team that employees are keen to return to an office environment in both full time and hybrid capacities - but there is understandably still some nervousness around the virus. Desks are high-touch surfaces as are keypads, keyboards etc. They require wiping down regularly with products that are designed to destroy viruses including SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

“The Culture of Hygiene research project aims to discover if by giving the employee autonomy and a locus of control around their own workspace cleanliness - with accessible and easy-to-use cleaning products such as antibacterial wipes - this will encourage workers back and as a consequence boost productivity. 

“We’re delighted to be working with Pure Offices on this initial trial and we’re confident the results will be an invaluable resource for our other office clients as we continue to learn to live with Covid-19 and constantly look at new ways to navigate office hygiene.”

Both Pure Offices and Uniwipe have strong sustainability practices in place. Uniwipe ensures that 80% of their packaging is recyclable and made from recycled plastics and are partnering with MyTrees planting trees in in Kenya to help offset their carbon footprint. Pure Offices are also committed to a net-zero sustainability target across their 21 locations with goals in place around solar panels, LED lighting, renewable energy, recycling and reducing carbon footprint.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Clancy Walker .

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