It’s not often talked about, but the bathroom experience can promote wellbeing and make or break a company reputation.
Total Facilities, Australia’s largest facilities management exhibition, is advocating washroom wellbeing through its ‘Best Bathroom Facility’ competition, now in its third year.
As user experience becomes more important, a growing number of companies are taking the time to create a positive bathroom environment. Research by Harris Poll suggests that three out of four customers said they would never return to a restaurant with a dirty washroom and in a separate survey by Bradley Corp., 83 percent of workers believe the condition of the workplace washroom is an indicator of how a company values its employees.
Andrew Lawson, Total Facilities’ Event Manager, says the Best Bathroom Facility awards were established to encourage awareness and pride amongst Australia’s facilities and workplace management professionals.
“An unhygienic restroom environment is not only a potential health hazard but leads to poor motivation and productivity in the workplace,” Lawson says. “They need to be equipped with appropriate products and services which improve wellbeing for everyone, and the competition profiles some of the most progressive organisations that are leading the way in the bathroom experience.”
Whether it’s a commercial building, shopping centre, hotel or recreational ground that goes above and beyond in the design or cleanliness stakes, Total Facilities is flushing out Australia’s best bathroom facility with nominations now open through its website.
Last year, Maroondah City Council took out the Best Bathroom Facility title for their Changing Places bathroom facility at Ringwood Lake in Victoria.
Jack Mulholland, who submitted the entry on behalf of the Council, was overwhelmed by the response from winning the title. “We have had so much media attention, including key press and radio interviews. The PR exposure for Ringwood Lake and the Changing Places toilet has resulted in further interest from other councils and increased public awareness of the importance of these types of facilities. It was fantastic for our council to be the recipient of the award and we sincerely thank Total Facilities for making this award available,” he says.
Entries are open through the website until Wednesday, March 1. Nominations are open to managers of both public and private bathroom facilities.
Submissions will be judged by an industry-leading panel of experts and the finalists and winner/s announced through Total Facilities’ website and social media channels on Wednesday, March 15.
For more information on how to enter the competition or to register for free entry to the event, visit totalfacilities.com.au
Pictured: Last year’s Best Bathroom Facility winner, Maroondah City Council’s Changing Places bathroom facility at Ringwood Lake in Victoria. Image courtesy Maroondah City Council.