Employers might ask themselves whether their company's restroom "works" for its employees.
This positive assessment is encouraging for many employers – not to mention the employees that use them – because majority of Americans (89%) believe the condition of a workplace restroom is one indicator of how a company values its workforce. You might say workplace restrooms speak louder than words to employees.
However, there are also some hitches associated with these coveted respites from the daily grind. Almost half of workers report having experienced issues with restrooms in their workplace – a number that appears to be trending upwards over the past few years. Unpleasant smells, clogged or unflushed toilets and empty or jammed toilet paper, soap and towel dispensers all topped the list of grievances.
Curiously, the survey also uncovered that younger workers perceive more restroom problems while on the job. Even though younger workers (aged 18-34) have a generally more positive opinion of their workplace restrooms, these millennials are also considerably more likely to report having experienced issues with them. 55% of younger workers reported problems with their workplace loo, compared with 41% those aged 35-54, and only 33% of those aged 55+.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the top two items on workers’ wish lists for restroom improvements include touchless fixtures (who wants to touch icky flushers and faucets?) and more air freshener/deodorizer. The nose knows.
And, apparently, the eyes have it too: 61% of workers say they’ve seen a colleague leave the restroom without washing his or her hands. That’s a big jump from the 2016 survey when only 42% reported a co-worker skipped hand washing.