Has the office return made you feel a little anxious?
Maybe it's the thought of those awkward canteen conversations? Or perhaps it's seeing your boss for the first time in eighteen months?
Not according to health start-up The Gut Stuff whose recent survey in the UK revealed "poop paranoia" as one of the main reasons why workers are dreading a return to the office.
After eighteen months of roaming around your home and going to the toilet as you please, it appears that many of you - 18% in fact - are dreading the bowel pattern changes the office return can bring.
The lengths workers go to just to avoid pooping in work is pretty impressive. Of those surveyed 18% said they hold their poo in until they return home, while 28% prefer to sneak off to another office floor to take their dump.
Whatsmore 53% of workers umcomfortable with pooping in the workplace say they leave their office just go to the toilet.
Females were far more likely to hold in their poop while at work, with 67% saying they are uncomfortable pooping at the workplace.
It goes without saying that 'holding it in' is not good for our bowls, and that's why The Gut Stuff want office workers to "break the loo taboo."
The Gut Stuff founders Lisa and Alana Macfarlane told Refinery 29 "employers have a responsibility to make sure their team’s health and wellbeing is supported in the back-to-work transition, and that absolutely includes encouraging people to go, when they need to go.”
And if you take anything from this, remember that everyone does a number two - “Nobody cares as much as you think they do,” Lisa and Alana added. “They’re all too busy worrying about themselves, we promise!”
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