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Handwashing-Eww. Workplace Bullying-Eww, Grand Prix- Oooh!

Yeah, some people just don't wash their hands after they leave public  bathrooms. Really, is there anything more to say other than eww? Here are some of the stats

A hand washing survey indicates most U.S. Americans wash their hands, but most are not washing them long enough – many wash for only 5 seconds. The fourth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey, conducted by Bradley Corporation, found 70% of U.S. adults said they always wash their hands after using a public restroom, 29% sometimes skip that important action and 1% admit they never wash after using a public restroom. In addition, 57% of respondents estimated they wash their hands for just 5 to 15 seconds. The CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds and suggests singing “Happy Birthday” twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse off germs. Other findings:

  •     70% said they frequently or occasionally see people leave without washing their hands – 34% of men frequently saw non-hand washers versus 26% of women.
  •     62% of respondents admitted they have simply rinsed their hands with water after using a public restroom, an increase since 2011 when 54% left with only a water rinse.
  •   66% of employees rate their workplace restroom as excellent or very good. However, approximately one-third report they’ve experienced a range of annoying issues. Toilets that were clogged or not flushed, bad smells, and toilet paper or towel dispensers that are empty or jammed were the three most common complaints.
  •    Just 11% of workers say they frequently see people leave the restroom without washing their hands.

Looks like bullying doesn't only happen in school. Have you ever felt bullied at work? Apparently lots of people have.
Workplace Bullying

A new study by CareerBuilder finds the number of workers encountering bullies at the office is on the rise. Thirty-five percent of workers said they have felt bullied at work, up from 27% last year; 16% of these workers reported they suffered health-related problems as a result of bullying and 17% decided to quit their jobs to escape the situation. The study also found nearly half of workers don’t confront their bullies and the majority of incidents go unreported. Findings include:

    -Of workers who felt bullied, most pointed to incidents with their bosses (48%) or coworkers (45%), while 31% have been picked on by customers, and 26% by someone higher up in the company other than their boss.

    -54% of those bullied said they were bullied by someone older than they were, while 29% said the bully was younger.

    -49% of victims reported confronting the bully themselves, while 51% did not. Of those who confronted the bully, 50% said the bullying stopped while 11% said it got worse, and 38% said the bullying didn’t change at all.

    -27% of workers who felt bullied reported it to their Human Resources department. Of these workers, 43% reported that action was taken while 57% said nothing was done.

    -The most common way workers reported being bullied was getting blamed for mistakes they didn’t make followed by not being acknowledged and the use of double standards. The full list includes:

  • Falsely accused of mistakes     42%
  • Ignored     39%
  • Used different standards/policies toward me than other workers     36%
  • Constantly criticized     33%
  • Someone didn’t perform certain duties, which negatively impacted my work     31%
  • Yelled at by boss in front of coworkers     28%
  • Belittling comments were made about my work during meetings     24%
  • Gossiped about     26%
  • Someone stole credit for my work     19%
  • Purposely excluded from projects or meetings     18%
  • Picked on for personal attributes     15%

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08/30/2012 10:11AM
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