How to combat hygiene anxiety in the washroom.
Updated: Mar 10, 2021
70% of employees want new, hygienic hand washing and toilet facilities
After nearly a year of on and off lockdowns, research by Kimberly-Clark Professional shows 75% of people feel unsafe returning to work post-Covid, with some experiencing hygiene anxiety and expressing concerns about the cleanliness of their workplace.
After taking steps to reduce the spread of Covid, like wearing masks and regularly using hand sanitiser when touching things in public, a huge 80% of consumers report feeling more aware of hygiene practices when outside of the home.
For some, this hyperawareness of hygiene will continue, even after restrictions are lifted, and people begin to return to work. Employers must prepare to make the office feel like a safe space for their staff, where cleanliness and hygiene are a top priority.
Preparing your washroom for life after lockdown
Office washrooms are an integral part of reducing hygiene anxiety in employees. According to the research, 3 out of 4 people feel that there is a moderate to high risk of spreading germs in the office building.
When the participants were asked what they thought the most important factors were in promoting a feeling of safety in the workplace.
· 51% wanted to continue to wear masks when entering the office
· 70% wanted new, hygienic hand washing and toilet facilities
· 80% of the participants said the washroom was one of the most important areas of the office to improve hygiene levels.
· 75% believe the cleanliness of the washrooms reflected the hygiene levels of the entire office.
To help employees feeling particularly anxious about the return to work, prioritising the hygiene standards of the office washrooms is a must.
Design considerations for hygienic washrooms
The solution to combating hygiene anxiety within the office is to have high-quality, clean washrooms where staff can feel comfortable and safe.
Official government guidance advises the following design considerations for office washrooms post-Covid:
· Signs to encourage good handwashing technique
· The use of tissues when sneezing
· Increased cleaning for busier areas
· More bins and frequent rubbish collection