When ‘using the loo’ at work, do you know what is happening in the cubicle next to you?
A new study released today by SCA, shows a surprising number of Americans have used their workplace washrooms for more than they were intended. Some of the oddest activities identified by the 2014 SCA Hygiene Matters Consumer Survey were eating (8%), exercising (7%), smoking (5%) and sleeping (5%) - all of which men are more likely to do than women. One quarter of Americans say they have used their washroom at work to text (25%) and nearly as many have gone there to talk on the phone (23%), according to the survey. For many people, the workplace washroom is a personal sanctuary and safe place. Women are more likely than men to say they have gone there to deal with the frustration of everyday work life (23% versus 17%), whereas men are more likely to say they have used the space to spend a moment alone or get space from colleagues (21% versus 18%). An average of 10% of all adults has used their workplace bathroom to take a break to cry, including 6% of men and 14% of women. “SCA’s product solutions focus on health and hygiene, which is why we’re committed to raising hygiene standards and awareness worldwide”, said Amy Bellcourt, Vice President Communications, SCA Americas. “This survey uncovers surprising behaviours in the American workplace. It proves the importance of maintaining clean and comfortable restrooms for employees’ physical and mental health.”