Restroom Etiquette in the Workplace

14 Mar

I was at work today relaxing in the bathroom when I heard the door open and someone came in. I don’t know if they thought they were alone, but before they began urinating in the urinal, there was the unmistakable sound of that gentleman passing gas. Now, this is obviously something we all do (passing gas in general) but is such an audible escape acceptable in the public sphere? Furthermore, what is acceptable bathroom behavior in a public place anyway?

I feel like people should be very discreet in using the lavatories at their places of employment to ensure maximum comfort of all who might enter said facility. If you are on the toilet, it is necessary for you to alert those coming in to your presence by rustling softly, or clearing your throat. If there are several urinals available, it is customary for there to be at least one unused urinal between you and other guests whenever possible. The bathroom mirror should NOT be used to pop pimples or pick your nose. Please save that for the home. It goes without saying that you must wash your hands, and use soap. Failure to wash hands while at work is a clear violation of restroom etiquette. Also, please try to dry your hands before leaving the restroom, it is quite an unpleasant surprise to find the door handle wet upon one’s exit. Most importantly, do not leave a mess in or around the toilet. Finally, it is acceptable to provide your own air freshener and to spray upon completion. You’re welcome.

– Seth


One Response to “Restroom Etiquette in the Workplace”

  1. Anonymous March 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    This is an issue I’ve toiled with for some time. What is appropriate in the workplace bathroom? It seems one should be able to let their guard down, but ultimately, what you do in the washroom can follow you into the boardroom, literally. When using the workplace bathroom, it’s best to be alone if you have to do anything more than a No. 1. Even if this requires starting in one bathroom and moving to another to secure privacy, it must be done. Poor bathroom etiquette can and will leave you with a bad reputation, can get you labeled as “nasty” and/or “triflin”, and may render your better judgement questionable. If you can’t seem to get away from others, hold it until you’re home or at least until you’re alone and outside of the building.

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