Some 67% of employees in the UK believe their employer could be doing more to improve staff rooms, while 47% think more could be done to improve toilet and shower facilities.
In a survey of more than 1,000 workers conducted by on-site accommodation provider Bunkabin, employees expressed concerns over their staff rooms, with many feeling that their staff areas need to be larger, cleaner and more comfortable in order to be satisfactory. While 10% rated their facilities as “bad” or “very bad”, and 39% of respondents said their workplaces did not have a staff room at all.
Of greater concern was the fact that 6% of workplaces with staff rooms did not provide access to clean drinking water, while 7% of workplaces failed to offer a seating area. Furthermore, 8% of workplaces did not have any toilet facilities at all – which means these workplaces are failing to uphold their basic requirements under UK health and safety law.
Luke Rothwell, Director at Bunkabin, said:
“It is shocking to think that there are employees not being provided with access to clean water, let alone an area to rest. While it may be difficult for industries that work outside, like the construction and agriculture sectors, to provide the same facilities as an office, it is not impossible.
“Employers have a legal duty to ensure that adequate facilities are in place for the welfare of the workforce.”
The survey revealed that 28% of workplaces do not have toilets that are separate and lockable, while 11% of businesses do not have the right number of toilets for their workforce – rising to 19% for businesses with a workforce of between six and 25 employees.
When participants were asked about the most sought-after additions to staff communal areas, the top responses were a TV (10%), a coffee machine (6%), a vending machine, a sofa and a pool table (all 4%).