National Survey Looks at Workplace Restrooms

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers listen up. This Labor Day, a national survey reveals that 93 percent of Americans believe the condition of a workplace restroom is an indicator of how a company values its workforce.

The good news is many employers are meeting expectations since 61 percent of employees rate their workplace restroom as excellent or very good. Just six percent say they have a poor or terrible work restroom.

On the other hand, 41 percent of employees have experienced restroom troubles. Toilets that are clogged or not flushed; really bad smells; and towel and soap dispensers that are empty, jammed or don't dispense enough are the most common complaints.

The findings are part of the fifth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial hand washing products.

The survey also found that staying healthy is an imperative for American employees. 81 percent of workers say they consciously take steps to avoid the germs of sick colleagues. Some of the top preventive maneuvers include: staying away from those who are under the weather; washing their own hands more frequently; shunning handshakes with sickies; standing further away when talking to them; and telling them to go home.

More extreme avoidance measures were reported by just a fraction of respondents – canceling meetings (3 percent); staying home from work (2 percent); and wearing a surgical mask (1 percent).

Another workplace insight is that good hand hygiene seems to be important to employees. Just eight percent of workers say they frequently see people leave the restroom without washing their hands. That compares to the national results that show 31 percent of Americans frequently see people who skip hand washing in a public restroom.

The Healthy Hand Washing survey queried 1,015 American adults Aug. 1-5 about their hand washing habits in workplace and public restrooms. Participants were from around the country, ranged in age from 18 to 65 and older, and were fairly evenly split between men and women. 

For more than 90 years, Bradley Corporation has designed and manufactured commercial washfountains, and today is the industry's exclusive source for plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, restroom partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers. Headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Bradley serves the commercial, industrial, health care, recreation, education, and corrections markets worldwide. For more information, contact Bradley at 1-800-BRADLEY or www.bradleycorp.com.

SOURCE Bradley Corporation



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