an extended office bathroom break could be a thing of the past thanks to a new toilet that developers say will make people want to leave the loo after five minutes.
the 'standardtoilet', created by a start-up company of the same name, has been backed by the british toilet association (bta), a group that campaigns for better bathroom facilities in offices and public spaces.
the staffordshire based company says it has already had interest from local councils and motorway service stations for the £150 - £500 toilet.
they hope to also target offices as they believe cutting down on the length of employee bathroom breaks would dramatically improve productivity.
'it is estimated that in the united kingdom alone, extended employee breaks costs industry and commerce an £4 billion per annum', mr gill said.
'with the advent of flexible zero hour contracts it is easy to see why our standardtoilet can be an asset to a business.'
he says it provides health and wellbeing benefits through improved posture and encouraging less time sitting on the toilet.
'medical studies have suggested that using the traditional wc can cause swollen haemorrhoids and weakening of pelvic muscles.
'the standardtoilet provides increased comfort through promoting the engagement of upper and lower leg muscles which helps reduce musculoskeletan disorders.'
the toilet has been sloped at 13 degrees as it is inconvenient for the employee but not harmful, in fact it could have some health benefits around improving posture, according to mr gill.
'anything higher would cause wider problems. thirteen degrees is not too inconvenient, but you'd soon want to get off the seat'.
he said he was inspired by time working as an engineer when he would find workers asleep on the toilet or from queues for public restrooms.
a survey by protecting.co.uk carried out in july 2019 across eight uk cities found that some people were spending up to 28 minutes in the bathroom while at work.
the researchers found that with the average bathroom break in a london office sitting at 28 minutes and 35 seconds, companies might be losing up to two and a half hours of working time per week for each employee.
they worked out that at an average hourly wage in london of £12.78, this was costing companies £1533.60 per year - per employee.
standardtoilet say their sloped solution would help to reduce employees social media use and improve productivity by cutting down on toilet time.
not everybody agrees that toilet time is time wasted.
'viewing time spent in the toilet as a threat is the wrong way of looking at the issue entirely,' charlotte jones, co-author of the around the toiletproject, toldwired.
'i think the importance of the toilet as a refuge during the workday says more about inadequate workspaces, heavy workloads and unsupportive management, than it does about the workers themselves.'
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