Their findings of American workplace bathroom habits are a mixture of gross and sad:
- 10 percent said they only "sometimes" wash their hands after using the toilet, with 1 percent admitting they never do it. Please, for the love of all things, wash those hands!
- 25 percent said they have gone to the bathroom to text, while 23 percent said they did the same to talk on the phone. That's actually surprisingly low.
- 8 percent said they use their workplace bathrooms to eat. Um, eating literally anywhere else is less disgusting. Why would you do that to your food?
- 7 percent go to the bathroom to exercise. How big are these bathrooms?!
- 5 percent said they smoke in the bathroom, the same percentage that goes to their work bathrooms to sleep. Hopefully not at the same time.
- Almost half of Americans don't ever wash their hands after arriving at work.
Globally, one in 10 adults said they've gone to their workplace bathrooms for "taking a break to cry" and 15 percent said they would actually tell co-workers that they had poor hygiene. (So any of you with running mental lists of people who don't wash their hands after using the toilet: Maybe it's time to call out those co-workers.)
As bad as Americans' habits may seem, people in other countries are way more unsatisfied with the state of their work toilets, especially in China and Italy. A majority of Russians also wish that their employers would pay more attention to bathrooms at work.
By comparison, Americans were the most satisfied with their work bathrooms — 87 percent said so.
And 13 percent of Americans said they actually preferred their work bathrooms to the ones they had a home. I'm certainly not one of those 13 percent; after seeing these numbers I'll stick to my bathroom at home, where people aren't eating and leaving with unwashed hands.