The 'new normal' for the office washroom
As the country embarks on post-lockdown life and, for many, a return to the office, what might the future look like for the workplace washroom? Here, Sophie Weston, channel marketing manager at Geberit, discusses what the ‘new normal’ office washroom could be - and how existing product design and innovation can help shape the future of workplace hygiene in this space. The term ‘unprecedented’ has been used a lot in recent months but the outbreak of Covid-19, and what its legacy could be, really is like nothing else.
Many employees are now preparing to return to work – which means that hygiene anxiety in the workplace and the detrimental effect it could have on employee wellbeing is a natural concern. One recent poll by the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (May 2020) found that over a third (34 per cent) of respondents are concerned about getting used to a corporate office culture again after the lockdown. Alongside this, 44 per cent are concerned about appropriate hygiene and cleaning standards being in place.