Day 500: Clean sweep

Who knew?

We have a very thorough and professional cleaning staff at our office. They usually come by shortly after 5 o’clock and are a warm, friendly team. (If they’d drop by my house, I’d like them even more.)

To try and make their shift go a little more smoothly, I’ve been trying to make sure I move my recycle and trash bins out from under my desk so they’re ready to grab without the person having to wait for me to move out of the way.

Now I’ve always valued sanitary engineering specialists — cleaning is definitely an area best left to professionals. But now a British study has made it official — hospital cleaners are worth more to society than bankers.

According to a BBC news report I read about in my local paper, research done by the New Economics Foundation think tank found that hospital cleaners create £10 of value for every £1 they are paid.

The study also  claims that bankers are a drain on the country because of the damage they caused to the global economy. They reportedly destroy £7 of value for every £1 they earn.

Sounds as though we should hand them all a broom….


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