If you think your front office, meeting spaces and boardrooms say a lot about you, consider what your office bathrooms tell people. Your staff and visitors form an indelible impression of your commitment to excellence when they visit the washroom, and a bad one is particularly hard to erase.
All that rhetoric about people being your most important resource, attention to detail, and caring about safety and hygiene, can go straight down the drain.
Stop for a moment and consider your office bathrooms. Are they really the image you want to present? Do they even meet the main criteria that every bathroom must:
- Accessibility for all
Suitability for purpose (sufficient number of urinals and cubicles with toilet partitions designed for privacy, vanities and hand drying facilities etc)
Now, consider whether your bathrooms meet current standards for other factors.
Thinking about bathrooms has changed.
In the last few years, there’s been a shift in thinking as far as office, executive and public space bathrooms and washrooms go. Many businesses and organisations are opting for gender-neutral bathroom designs, and every bathroom needs to have proper accessibility for people with disabilities.
Beyond that, there is a trend towards viewing the bathroom and washroom as an important asset that can ensure people feel valued, and clients are impressed by the care and attention paid to every aspect, from the toilet partitions to the vanities. Given that everything you do contributes to your brand perception, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that the colouring and decor should form part of your branding agenda.
Getting practical about bathrooms.
In addition to the stylistic and social changes you may consider, there are practical reasons for upgrading or renewing your office bathrooms and washrooms.
The first of these is hygiene. The older a facility is, the more likely it is to have cracks and gaps that can harbour harmful mould and bacteria. Cleaning becomes more difficult and less efficient, and health issues can arise. Modern materials such as compact laminate toilet partitions are easier to clean and stay cleaner for longer, as well as being more durable and less susceptible to cracks and knocks.
Energy efficiency can also be an issue with older installations. The addition of features such as skylights, LED lighting, motion detector activated lighting, and new generation hand drying machines, can significantly reduce ongoing costs. Mirrors can enlarge the space and provide higher reflectivity so that less lighting is required.
And care and maintenance can be enhanced by concealed panel access to plumbing and electrical conduits, as well as improving appearance.
There’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
As a business owner or manager, no one expects you to be an expert on bathrooms. It’s just not the kind of subject that comes up often. So the smart thing to do is get professional help. Talk to a commercial, office, executive and public bathroom and washroom specialist who can help you understand the advances in materials, designs and facilities that have revolutionised the business of doing your business.
You’ll be surprised at how far bathrooms and washrooms have come.
Contact Cubispec on 1800 951 235 for a free consultation on how fast, easy and affordable it is to create a new look, feel and future for your office bathroom.