A colleague recently stopped by my desk and said, “I have a topic for your next blog post.” Great! I like to know what matters to people and if there is something I can write that will get varied responses and provide insight, I’m all over it. I was anxious to hear more…
“Why do people talk on their cell phones in the bathroom?”
Go ahead and laugh but I can validate that I’m not the only one curious about this activity. I work in 2 offices with contrasting environments and after casually asking around, I found that it’s not gender specific and everyone I spoke with found it odd too. Personally, the thought of bringing my phone into the restroom has never crossed my mind. So I put on my empathy hat and thought I would take a crack at coming up with a few reasons of my own. I admit, my reasons are weak so if you do this or know anyone who does, please give us the facts!
My thoughts on cells in the potty:
- Cell phone usage is not permitted in your office
- There is a restriction of personal phone calls in your office
- You would rather not address personal issues for your office mates to hear (not that your potty mates are necessarily interested either!)
- You work on the 300th floor of a high-rise building and would rather not take the elevator all the way to the street for a quick chat
That’s all I could muster! Oh and if either of the above 2 reasons do apply, I do hope that you work in a high-security environment rather than an autocratic one. If it’s the latter, let’s get that resume spruced up, shall we?
Now it’s your turn. Turn to your office mates right now and ask them what they think! Respond and leave your comment so that we can finally put this issue to bed once and for all.
Thank you and I look forward to reading your responses — I really do!