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SCA Hygiene Matters survey shows many uses of workplace washrooms11th of November 2014
Employees use their workplace washrooms as a place to escape and let off steam, according to the latest Hygiene Matters study commissioned by Tork manufacturer SCA.
And half of all respondents want their employers to pay more attention to the quality of the washrooms where they work.
The findings of the survey, which was carried out in 13 countries with almost 13,500 respondents, shows washrooms are the only rooms at work that offer individual privacy, and they fill an important social function for employees.
They are a place for people to take time out on their own (15 per cent) or to let go of frustration (11 per cent). One in 10 respondents admits to having a private conversation in the toilets, while three per cent has taken a nap or exercised in the washrooms.
And even though many employees are satisfied with the toilets at work, there are still opportunities for improvement. According to the survey half of all respondents want their employer to pay more attention to the quality of the washrooms where they work while a third of employees feel there are not enough toilets where at their workplace.
The countries included in the survey are; Sweden, Brazil, Germany, China, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom and the USA.