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Working Nine To Five

Charlotte Branwhite from Tork manufacturer SCA, looks at how to equip the washrooms at work to inspire confidence in staff and improve the company’s image for visitors.

When accepting a job, few of us would think of checking out the company’s toilets before signing on the dotted line, but the washrooms can have a surprising impact on our feelings of wellbeing – or otherwise – at work.

The average working day is around eight hours, but studies show that 12% of UK employees rarely or never use the toilet at work. Where staff perceive the workplace washrooms to be unclean, this fi gure goes up to a massive 56%.This implies that staff are unhappy about dirty washrooms at work, while the fact that they avoid using them could be the cause of discomfort and stress.

The study, carried out by Easyresearch/Questback on behalf of Tork, showed that 35% of us think the workplace washroom often appears dirty, and a quarter of survey respondents say they are worried about picking up an infection or other illness from a workplace washroom.

In various studies into workplace toilet usage, we have tried to fi nd out about employees’ ‘pet hates’. According to our research, these include blocked or dirty toilets, bad smells and a


shortage of toilet paper or soap. So, in order to keep staff happy and remove a key source of angst, it makes sense to equip the workplace washrooms in such a way to keep them clean, fresh- smelling and constantly supplied with vital consumables.

When choosing systems for washrooms at work, it's important to consider the type of work being carried out by staff and the impression the company wishes to create. For example, the offi ces of an upmarket legal fi rm or a prestigious fi nance company may choose the smartest of dispensers and the most luxurious of paper towels and soaps in order to impress staff and visitors, whereas a public sector offi ce may prefer more functional systems. And in an industrial workplace, where staff are continually dirtying their hands with substances such as grease, oil or paint, heavy-duty soaps and easy-to-clean dispensers and consumables that are kind to the skin may be required.

Soft, high-quality hand towels in the washrooms of a smart offi ce will create a good impression on visitors while making staff feel valued.

The Tork XpressTM Multifold Hand Towel Dispenser, for example, works well when supplied in either a Tork Aluminium or black Tork Elevation fi nish, and the towels inside can be embossed with an attractive lilac, blue or silver grey leaf pattern to add to the effect of luxury.

Another good option for smart offi ces is the black version of the Tork XpressTM Countertop Multifold Hand Towel dispenser, which is a free-standing unit that can be placed on sink units or mirror shelves. The dispenser gives out large, highly absorbent towels one at a time, and is a convenient alternative to individual textile products as they are thrown away after use instead of having to be collected and laundered.

Tork Luxury Foam Soap and Tork Extra Mild Foam Soap also work well in a smart offi ce washroom. Again, these are available in the Tork Aluminium dispenser or black Tork Elevation dispenser, both of which come in a touch-free IntuitionTM Sensor version to demonstrate an extra level of care to users.

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