Your company’s restroom facilities may be more important than you ever thought! Findings of the fourth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by the Bradley Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial hand washing products, shows that 83 percent of Americans believe the condition of a workplace restroom is one indicator of how a company values its workforce.
The good news is that the survey also found that 66 percent of employees rate their workplace restroom as excellent or very good.
The bad news is that approximately one-third of survey respondents report they've experienced a range of annoying restrooms issues. The three most common complaints were: 1) toilets that were clogged or not flushed; 2) really bad smells; and 3) toilet paper or paper towel dispensers that are empty or jammed.
Also, the survey reflects that good hand hygiene seems to be important to employees. Just 11 percent of workers say they frequently see people leave the restroom without washing their hands. That compares to the national results that show 30 percent of Americans frequently see people who skip hand washing in a public restroom.
Unfortunately, the survey also revealed that the majority of Americans aren't washing their hands long enough. 57 percent of survey respondents estimate they wash for just 5 to 15 seconds. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds to allow enough time to remove and rinse away germs.
Bradley has conducted its survey for the past several years, but this is the first time the company has delved into the workplace. The survey queried 1,046 American adults from around the country who were fairly evenly split between men (49 percent) and women (51 percent).