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The state of office toilets has left half of employees appalled

Written by Zen Terrelonge on Monday, 19 March 2018. Posted in Wellbeing, People

So disgusted by what they‘ll discover, a tenth of UK office workers avoid going near the company toilet and 51% have felt appalled by the contents

The state of office toilets has left half of employees appalled

A survey of 1,400 British employees has revealed the harrowing hygiene habits in workplaces across the nation. According to the study, 51% of workers have been ‘appalled’ by the office toilet at least once over the past six months and 48% fear using the facilities in case they’re met by a putrid environment.

Such is the rancid stench that some have experienced, a tenth would bypass the toilet altogether if possible. This is largely at odds with the 74% of staff that believe they leave the bathroom as they would like to find it.

Disturbingly, 73% of workers would be more likely to wash their hands just because they’re in the presence of another, although it’s just as well because 68% feel disgusted when peers fail to do so and a third would debate pulling a colleague up over snubbing the sink.

There’s method to the unsanitary madness though, with the top reason for not washing hands including queues at the sink and hand-dryer as cited by 28%. This was followed by 24% putting it down to avoiding a dirty sink, 17% complaining of bad smells and 13% that just couldn't be bothered. Throwing logic completely out of the window, 10% said there was no soap available and 8% said they were worried peers would think they had taken too long.

Seemingly, the toilet no longer just has a single purpose as it also includes putting on make-up, gossip and using phones. 43% of workers would rather get the task at hand done and leave, though 31% see it as a chance to have a break from work and 29% use their phone to play games and browse the web.

We really feel this really presents two options for company bosses: Firstly, start greeting business contacts with hugs. Secondly, keep a bottle of anti-bacterial gel on standby for use after those deal-closing handshakes. 

About the Author

Zen Terrelonge

Zen Terrelonge

As editor, Terrelonge can be found on the hunt for all things startup and scaleup – that's when he's not busy talking babies via DADult Life. Whether it's health or hospitality, food or philanthropy, tech or travel, he'll be seeking out the most interesting entrepreneurial developments to run in the magazine and online.

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