Snacks, Netflix and power naps: what’s really going on in the office loos?

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According to a new report from The Telegraph, British office workers are increasingly using the loos for recreational pursuits - and we’re not talking about cubicle-based stress relief in the Wolf Of Wall Street sense.

Rather than urban myths about under pressure city workers escaping to the loos for a little release via self gratification, modern secret toilet behaviour now includes far more conventional (if you disregard the public bathroom setting) pastimes.

Watching Netflix is a popular one - some have even confessed to bringing snacks with them for a good boxset binge - while others have revealed napping habits that take up to 30 minutes out of their work day.

“I sat [in the disabled loo] for about 40 minutes watching an episode of The Good Wife on Netflix,” one woman reveals.

“I had my iPad with me, so just plugged my headphones in. I felt a bit guilty for not working but it was a quiet day in the office and, to be honest, I just wanted to know what happened in the next episode.”

Office bathrooms

The bizarre work loo revelations come after a new survey carried out by Homebase reveals that, for around 3.7 million people in Britain, the bathroom is where they're most likely to go for some solitude.

Of course, the original survey focused on bathrooms in the home rather than those at work, but an outpouring on social media has revealed that many people carry this behaviour to the office with them too.

Another woman reveal in the Telegraph report, that as a non-smoker and non-tea drinker, she rarely finds the opportunity for a screen break. As a result, the loos have become a sanctuary of sorts:

“I didn't get any opportunities to step away from my desk for a break, so I would sneak off to the loos to chill out, read a post on Medium or just stand up for a bit without looking like a loon.

“Of course then I got worried that my colleagues nearest the loos thought I had some kind of bladder problem. Now I work remotely the problem has resolved itself.”


Other activities currently happening in a cubicle (most likely) near you, include yoga stretches, snacking, power posing for a confidence boost, simply having a sit-down away from the desk, and since most offices sadly still lack private spaces for such things, expressing breast milk

So, we’d obviously now like to know what you've gotten up to in the office loos.

Are you a bathroom yoga poser? Do you satisfy your boxset needs in the bathroom? Enter our (anonymous) poll below or tweet us @stylistmagazine.


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Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis is a freelance writer and editor, a lover of strong tea, equally strong eyebrows, a collector of facial oils and a cat meme enthusiast. She covers everything from beauty and fashion to feminism and travel.

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