Admit It, You Sent A Work Email From The Bathroom

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Admit it, you sent a work email from the bathroom this morning.

If you did you, aren't alone. About one in five professionals admit to doing work in the restroom. This newly released "Life at Home" report comes to us by Swedish furniture maker Ikea. The report says that between 16 and 17 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed in New York City admitted to working in the bathroom. Ikea surveyed roughly 8,000 people in eight cities globally on diverse morning habits including getting ready, time spent working, cuddling and reflecting.

The Today Show covered the study and several of the anchors admitted to sending emails from the loo. Natalie Morales and Carson Daly readily admitted to doing work from the toilet, and Matt Lauer confessed to possibly sending an email from the washroom. Daly also filled the audience in on his bathroom conference call tips.

Going to the work bathroom can be challenging enough. The next time you get an email from a client or your boss, you've got to wonder if that was typed out in the bathroom. You might also give people a second glance if they head to the restroom with smartphone in hand.

At least Manhattanites aren't the only professionals bringing their work to the loo. In Stockholm, 17 percent of those surveyed also admitted to working in the bathroom. In London, Moscow, Mumbai, Berlin and Shanghai, 10 percent did.

Ikea's report findings also included:

  • New Yorkers spend 16 minutes per day grooming. That's nearly 2 additional minutes more compared to other cities surveyed. No one said being beautiful was an easy task.
  • About 56 percent of people from NYC do not consider themselves "morning people." This explains the need for the venti-size coffee in the morning.
  • 57 percent of New Yorker's think self-reflection is important. Remember that the next time someone steals your cab or steps on your toe on the subway.

Other interesting gems include the fact that people in the Big Apple tend not to eat breakfast at home, compared to the other cities surveyed. Yet when they do sit down to a meal, they are more likely to use their PDA than any other city (aside from Moscow).

Before you type out your morning agenda from your work stall, make sure to Purell before and after you hit send.

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Great article! Glad we are talking about taboo subjects!

June 23 2014 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are we sooooo busy we cant find time to go to the bathroom to do our duties? I believe we are and that's just so wrong.

June 08 2014 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's just nasty.

June 08 2014 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is really nothing wrong with using a computer or phone in the bathroom (or reading a good book for that matter). You just have to remember not to contaminate whatever it is you're using. But it's also true that if you spend so much time sitting on the toilet before you have a movement, there is something wrong with your diet.

June 08 2014 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is either 'news you can't possibly use', 'way too much information' or 'what were you thinking'? The seeds for this silliness were sewn back into 80s when hotels put phones in bathrooms (and in some extreme instances, TVs in bathrooms). We bought a new home in Coconut Creek, FL in 1988 that had eight pairs of telepone wiring. Each room had 2 lines: one was a master house line, the other a dedicated line just for that room. In those days cell phones were not anywhere near common but the fax machine was a status symbol.

June 08 2014 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really, can you see yourself sitting in a public, infectious bathroom, checking email. NOT! There are just times when you gotta prioritize things

June 08 2014 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian Hope

That's one way to get the inside poop.

June 08 2014 at 1:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I hope people reading this routinely clean their phones. There's probably more bacteria on your phone LCD than on that toilet seat.

June 07 2014 at 11:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Barak Obama flushes the United States of America down the toilet every day of his Administration! His signature legacy proved it!!!

June 07 2014 at 10:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to crowland503's comment

LOL !.....Bush Beat Obama to it

June 08 2014 at 3:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

EMAIL??? I wouldn't mind if guys just emailed, but they get on the can and start making phone calls. And the person on the other end HAS to know where they are between the echo and guys flushing urinals. As a society, we have become pretty low. Come on.....

June 07 2014 at 9:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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