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Survey: Covid-era office workers prefer touchless washroom fixtures
When it comes to washroom breaks, office workers in the US say that touchless washroom fixtures are the number one feature that would make them feel safer when using their workplace washroom - and we daresay that this follows in offices throughout the world.
According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey by washroom equipment manufacturer Bradley Corp., touch-free washroom fixtures received the highest safety ranking, followed by access to well-stocked supplies such as soap and paper towels; a clean, disinfectant smell; sufficient space for social distancing; and posted signage with the washroom's cleaning schedule.
Not only do they associate touchless fixtures with a safer environment, office workers view them as must haves. Nearly four-in-five (79%) of office workers believe no-touch fixtures are an important feature in workplace washrooms. Among the general U. population, this sentiment is even higher - 84% say they are important in public washrooms.
"Interestingly, two-thirds of office workers use a paper towel to avoid touching restroom door handles, flushers and faucet handles," says Jon Dommisse, vice president of marketing & corporate communications, Bradley Corp. "This evasive action further demonstrates why touch-free fixtures resonate so much with users."
Handwashing is also top-of-mind for office workers, as 70% report washing their hands more now because of new Covid strains, such as the Delta variant. Overall, half of office workers are washing their hands six-plus times a day.
"Just as 9-11 changed air travel and the iPod changed how we listen to music, Covid has changed how we view handwashing and washrooms," adds Jon.
The survey also shows 75% of office workers believe the condition of a workplace washroom is one indicator of how a company values its workforce. Fortunately, 68% of office workers rate their washroom as excellent or very good.
That's not to say office workers don't experience problems with workplace washrooms. A worrying 81% have encountered at least one issue while using them. The most annoying issues - cited by 62% of workers - are empty or non-working soap, paper towel and/or toilet paper dispensers. Another 62% of survey participants are concerned with washroom cleanliness.
Most employers (62%) have made improvements to make employees feel safer returning to work amidst the pandemic with upgrades such as adding hand sanitising stations around the office (66%), cleaning offices and washrooms more frequently (65%) and encouraging employees to stay home while they're sick (51%).
Interestingly, only 42% of companies have communicated these changes to their employees.
Sharing these improvements positively impacts employers, since 53% of office workers say their employer's response to the pandemic makes them feel more valued, 50% say it shows the company cares about its employees, and 35% say it makes them feel more positive about their company.
The Healthy Handwashing Survey queried 1,035 American adult about their handwashing habits, concerns about the Coronavirus and their return to the workplace. A subset of 513 respondents who work in offices were identified and asked a series of applicable questions. Participants were from around the country and were evenly split between men and women.
7th October 2021