Lack of staff toilets 'hitting small firms' bottom line'
One in five smaller companies do not provide enough toilets for staff, threatening the bottom line of their finances, according to a new study.
Around one in five small businesses are not meeting legal requirements, leaving employees having to wait to use the loo, it was found.
A survey of 2,000 workers by Initial Washroom Hygiene showed that more than half regularly had to wait to use an office toilet, wasting an average of seven minutes a week.
The bog standard state of facilities is causing lost productivity, with some companies losing customers and clients, said the report.
Dr Peter Barratt, of Initial Washroom Hygiene, said: "It's essential for employers to provide their workers with sufficient numbers of toilet facilities, and to ensure that these are clean and well-presented.
"Failure to do so not only ignores their legal duty, but turns a blind eye to the effect that this can have on both employees and customers.
"A shabby, under-stocked or unavailable washroom can paint a business in a very bad light. The washroom is often the first and last place a customer will see when visiting your office, and as we all know, these first and last impressions count for a lot."
Any business with more than five employees must have at least two toilets available, increasing to a minimum of five for businesses of 76-100 staff.