We’ve all been in a situation where we’re in a shared restroom at the office and we notice an extremely foul odor, a person hogging the urinal for which seems to be forever, and encountering a habitual toilet clogger.
For these scenarios, and more, it’s important to establish a proper bathroom etiquette for yourself and your employees. Whether you’re a startup, or a telecom group you’ll find the following etiquette, techniques, and methods to be helpful in harboring a productive and friendly work environment.
What is something that you look at for long periods of time but probably give no thought to? If you guessed bathroom partitions, then it’s only because you’re on this website because it’s the one thing that most people take for granted but has the opportunity to change the perspective of a company in pretty sneaky ways.
I say sneaky because no one ever thinks of partitions, but it’s part of human experience to have to sit there and stare at them. While a some scribbled naughty lines on a bathroom stall might cause us to giggle it often gives us a poor impression.
If you’ve ever been on a road trip, what’s the thing you pray for? Clean restrooms. It’s such a desire that even savvy business owners will often advertise that they have clean restrooms from billboards. Nothing says, “clean” like new (new bathroom partitions that is!). New bathroom partitions tell send a message, even if it’s subliminal that the bathroom is clean. It doesn’t matter whether your restaurant is in Davenport Florida on the way to Disney or if it’s in Orange County, California, new says “clean” to those that see it.
3 Types Of People Affected By Bathroom Partitions
People are in and out of the bathroom all day long, but there are 3 categories or types of people that tend use them the most. There are those special people whose first impression is very valuable, even more so over casual customers. These are your business associates and/or people you’re interviewing.
Then there is your employees and staff, followed closely by your customers. This list isn’t necessarily a priority list but rather just a grouping.
Business Associates (and Interviewees)
Business associates and interviewees arrive at your place of business with hopes of a new deal or new job. When these kind of people enter an office building for example, the first place they often go is the bathroom. Whether you’re a tenant or the landlord, that person is forming a first impression of your company in that restroom. Is it clean? How is it designed? Does it look like a truck stop or a spa?
Employees & Staff
If you’re a business owner, your employees are in and out of the restrooms all day. Looking at those partitions. Every time they go in, they are reminded of how upscale and clean (or not) the place is. We already mentioned how new bathroom partitions can make the place feel clean but did you know that they also come in different colors.
You can get specifically colored partitions that match your brand and give you a professional image. If professionally matched colors isn’t your style then choosing “soothing” color might make the bathroom feel more like a spa and less like a port-a-john.
Customers are in virtually every commercial space that will use the restroom. Unclean restrooms sends a message that the business might not care about other things. Like customer service. This is true in office building, retail space and even warehouse spaces.
With warranties of 5 years or more these partitions are an easy investment to give a better overall impression of your business to customers, employees and business associates alike.
It might be time to look at those old partitions as more than just an eye sore and start leveraging the power of having a clean, professional look!
It’s only right and respectable to flush the toilet after a particularly strong-odored bowel movement. Studies have shown when you flush as soon as possible after defecation, the resulting odor will be virtually non-existent for passing bathroom guests.
This is also a benefit for yourself, as who actually wants to waft in their own unpleasant odor?
The infamous “courtesy flush” has long been discussed as bathroom etiquette 101 by many individuals for many years, yet there are as many who choose to not do so. This is mainly a superficial etiquette technique.
However, it’s important to note that if there are remainders of fecal matter in the toilet bowl for extended periods of time, it can cause potentially dangerous, bacterial overgrowth.
Additionally, it can prove to be much more difficult to clean for the custodial staff, so why not make their job easier with a simple courtesy flush?
Clean the Seat After Use
Nothing is worse than going to sit on the toilet and feeling a strange, foreign liquid upon being seated.
This is why it’s nice to pay it forward and have the common decency to wipe the seat after your use if there happens to be any remnants of your session. Be a decent human being and do the right thing.
Use the Toilet Stall if There a Limited Number of Urinals
Due to many people suffering from bathroom anxiety, it’s only right to use the toilet stall if there’s another bathroom user already at the urinal station.
Nobody likes to be standing next to somebody else when they’re in a vulnerable, open-aired environment, urinating. Be the nice person you strive to be every day and use the toilet stall to urinate.
You’ll not only have saved your co-worker from some anxiety; you’ll have much more room to urinate with the added privacy of an enclosed toilet partition.
Finally…Enjoy the Experience
All in all, it’s important to enjoy your restroom experience. This is why at FastPartitions, we take great pride in offering only the best bathroom partitions for a wide variety of customers. from an acupuncturist to a home developer; if you have an office, you’ll want to check out all of our offerings!
Feel free to contact us for a quote and we’ll respond within 24 hours. We look forward to hearing from you soon!