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Bathroom Breaks & Decreased Productivity #HoldItIn2WinAPrize

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Employers have fairly wide discretion in terms of developing work rules designed to increase productivity and decrease time spent “slacking off.” But, if you believe the reports, one Chicago-based company may have gone too far.

Apparently, WaterSaver Faucet Company has been experiencing a decrease in employee productivity. The perceived root of the problem? Excessive bathroom breaks. So, what did the company do about the problem? It reportedly implemented a policy declaring excessive 60 minutes or more of bathroom time over 10 working days. Essentially, a 6 minutes per day rule.

To track bathroom usage, the company reportedly installed a tracking system that requires employees to swipe ID cards to access the bathroom.

It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that WaterSaver Faucet Company is unionized. Company employees have filed a charge with the NLRB concerning the company’s bathroom usage policy, alleging that union employees

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