Most American businesses are doing the right thing by their employees, at least when it comes to restrooms. Two-thirds of employees in a new survey rate their workplace restroom as excellent or very good. And that may keep them happy: Five of six American adults believe the condition of a workplace restroom is one indicator of how a company values its work force, according to the survey.
But bathroom bliss is not universal, according to the more than 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed by Bradley Corp., a manufacturer of commercial hand-washing products. About one-third of workers reported experiencing a range of annoying issues.
Toilets that were clogged or not flushed; really bad smells; and empty or jammed toilet paper or towel dispensers were the three most common complaints.
On the other hand, American workers had few complaints about others' hygiene. Just 11 percent of workers said they frequently see people leaving the washroom without washing their hands. By comparison, national results show 30 percent of Americans frequently see people in a public restroom skip hand washing.
Of course, to do the job right takes more than going through the motions. The survey suggested the majority of Americans aren't washing their hands long enough — 57 percent of survey respondents estimated they wash for 5 to 15 seconds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds and suggests singing "Happy Birthday to You" twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse away germs.
"Hand washing is a simple thing to do and it's the best way to prevent infection and illness," the CDC says.
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