The bad and ugly of workplace restrooms

A new survey goes down the (office) toilet to find out how workers would improve their office restrooms.

Most people spend most of their waking hours at the office, so it stands to reason that most will need to use workplace restrooms at least once a day, probably more.

It is perhaps unsurprising, then, a vast majority of respondents to a new survey consider the condition of an office restroom to indicate how a company values a workforce.

The survey by the Bradley Corporation, the Healthy Hand Washing Survey, collated responses from more than 1,000 US office workers.

Respondents’ wish-list items for workplace restrooms included motion-activated faucets, air fresheners, full-length mirrors, and hand dryers.

Meanwhile, top complaints included unpleasant smells, clogged or unflushed toilets, and empty toilet paper dispensers.

The survey also found that just more than six out of 10 workers have seen a colleague leaving the restroom without washing their hands – marked increase from the 42% recorded last year.

Interestingly, seven of out of 10 of those surveyed said they ramp up their hand washing practices during flu seasons—either by washing more frequently, or more thoroughly/longer.

"It's positive news to find out that Americans are consistently using hand washing as their first line of defense against contracting a cold or flu," says Jon Dommisse, director of global marketing and strategic development at Bradley Corp.

 

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