When it comes to restroom breaks, office workers in the U.S. say that touchless restroom fixtures are the number one feature that would make them feel safer when using their workplace restroom. According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey™ by Bradley Corp., touch-free washroom fixtures received the highest safety ranking, followed by access to well-stocked supplies such as soap Read more
When it comes to restroom breaks, office workers in the U.S. say that touchless restroom fixtures are the number one feature that would make them feel safer when using their workplace restroom. According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey™ by 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 restroom’s cleaning schedule.
Not only do they associate touchless fixtures with a safer restroom 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 restrooms. Among the general U.S. population, this sentiment is even higher – 84% say they are important in public restrooms.
“Interestingly, two-thirds of office workers use a paper towel to avoid touching restroom door handles, flushers and faucet handles,” said Jon Dommisse, vice president of marketing and corporate communications, Bradley Corp. “This evasive action further demonstrates why touch-free restroom fixtures resonate so much with restroom 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,” Dommisse said.
Rating the condition of workplace restrooms
The survey also shows 75% of office workers believe the condition of a workplace restroom is one indicator of how a company values its workforce. Fortunately, 68% of office workers rate their restrooms as excellent or very good.
That’s not to say office workers don’t experience problems with workplace restrooms. 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% are concerned with restroom cleanliness.
Highlighting office hygiene improvements
Most employers (62%) have made improvements to make employees feel safer returning to work amidst the pandemic with upgrades such as adding hand sanitizing stations around the office (66%), cleaning offices and restrooms 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 from restroom equipment manufacturer, Bradley Corp., queried 1,035 American adults Aug. 3-10, 2021, 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. The Healthy Handwashing Survey of the general population has a margin of error of +/- 3% and the office worker subset has a margin of error of +/- 4%, with a 95% confidence level.
For more information, visit bradleycorp.com/handwashing.
Chicago Faucets, the leading manufacturer of commercial faucets, introduces its new 404 and 405 Series faucets with improved underbodies and new modern-look spouts that meet the rigorous demands of today’s commercial restrooms. The 404 and 405 Series underbody has been improved to accommodate a newly designed spout connection for easy and fast one-person installation. These Read more
Chicago Faucets, the leading manufacturer of commercial faucets, introduces its new 404 and 405 Series faucets with improved underbodies and new modern-look spouts that meet the rigorous demands of today’s commercial restrooms.
The 404 and 405 Series underbody has been improved to accommodate a newly designed spout connection for easy and fast one-person installation. These spouts also offer attention to detail: a new knob rest covers the unsightly pop-up rod hole, and the spout shanks are keyed to prevent rotation.
All current trim accessories such as outlets integrate seamlessly with the new designs, continuing the Chicago Faucets tradition of interchangeability and backward compatibility.
“Our new 404 and 405 Series faucets display fresh, modern aesthetics with two new cast spout choices offering design flexibility for commercial restrooms,” says Patrick Tanzillo, Chicago Faucets product manager. “The new spouts reinvigorate one of our most popular faucet series and demonstrate our commitment to offer designers and architects faucets they will be proud to include in their restroom designs.
Chicago Faucets is a proud partner of WaterSense®, a program sponsored by the EPA, designed to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water efficient products, programs and practices.
Chicago Faucets is a charter sponsor of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a broad-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. It brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to advocate water-use efficiency and conservation.
Chicago Faucets is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. USGBC has developed The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™, to measure the efficiency and sustainability of buildings constructed in the U.S. and Canada, and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The Chicago Faucet Company is part of the Geberit Group, a European market leader and global provider of sanitary technology. Since 1901, The Chicago Faucet Company, located in Des Plaines, Illinois, has offered commercial and residential products built to stand the test of time. A combination of the best engineering, finest materials and quality workmanship has made Chicago Faucets the specified choice in many of the finest building projects throughout North America.
As European market leader, the Geberit Group is a global provider in the area of plumbing technology with sales of CHF 2.9 billion and more than 12,000 employees in 49 countries worldwide.
For additional information, contact The Chicago Faucet Company at 2100 South Clearwater Drive, Des Plaines, IL 60018, or call 800-566-2100. You can also visit Chicago Faucets at chicagofaucets.com.