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To want to be able to go to the toilet occasionally whilst at work?

(62 Posts)
CattyBrown Tue 05-Feb-13 07:58:54

I work afternoons and during the morning before I start work and also during my 10 minute break I tend to drink quite a bit of water, it's something that I have always done.

My supervisor however does not like anyone going to the toilet during shift time (IF I do go, I go when it is very quite and there is no work whatsoever to do). She always makes sly digs about how I should go on my break etc.

As long am I am not abusing the situation and going 6-7 times a shift, am I right in thinking that I should be allowed to go the toilet without being questioned and made to feel like a naughty schoolgirl?

EarlyMorningBaconDemon Tue 05-Feb-13 23:02:50

I had a moment like that in my previous job when my period started very unexpectedly (stupid implant). We had to log on to a specific setting whenever we needed the loo or a fag break, and if you took more than 20 minutes in an 8-hour shift they questioned you.

At one point I logged in to the section for "personal time" and the team leader accosted me at my desk, asking me why I was going and that I'd already had my 20 minutes of allotted time due to a urinary infection.

My retort was "if you don't let me leave I'm going to stand here and bleed all over this fucking carpet, which given the colour would probably improve it a little. Now can you please get the fuck out of my way?"

He was ashen. I almost died with laughter afterwards.

BuntyPenfold Tue 05-Feb-13 23:31:57

I have often wondered what other people do about this.

I work in a small day nursery and from 1-4 pm there are only 2 staff with the children, so neither should go to the toilet, as that leaves 1 adult alone with the children, which is not allowed (child protection but it protects the adults from false allegations too.)

Sometimes it is very difficult if on a heavy period etc. WE have to decide whether to break the rules. sad

MumVsKids Tue 05-Feb-13 23:46:47

Egg - call centre, had to put a code in phone for loo breaks.

Bloody nightmare sad

joanofarchitrave Tue 05-Feb-13 23:53:48

Thank God I have never, ever found myself working anywhere where any of this shit happens.

Maybe I've just spent my life working at jobs where nobody notices whether I am there or not... but it's got to be preferable to this.

Since this sort of company is bound to have professional snoopers monitoring the Internet for mentions of itself, I can see why nobody is naming and shaming. But if you think you can safely do so, feel extremely free.

Sparrows12 Wed 06-Feb-13 08:29:11

Join a union - the TUC have been campaigning on this for years:

www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-17670-f0.cfm

Alternatively, you could try taking your employer hostage, as in this Chinese example:

www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/chinese-managers-hostage-toilet-breaks.

Of course, we will all eventually end up like these Chinese workers with Chris (I smack my children and I'm fine with it) grayling at the helm. Lots to look forward to.

Earthymama Wed 06-Feb-13 08:33:17

Sparrows12, so true. . .so sad.

Bunty I thought ratios were applied across the whole building?

BuntyPenfold Wed 06-Feb-13 20:38:52

SPBInDisguise yes, that is the whole building; no one else there to cover.

CattyBrown Wed 06-Feb-13 21:23:40

Sometimes I go once of twice out of my break and sometimes, like today, I didn't feel the need to go at all.

Thank you all for the advice.

CattyBrown Wed 06-Feb-13 21:30:25

Also, yes I have had tests as to why I drink alot and there is nothing wrong with me. I tried to cut downon the amount of water I drink, but, I have noticed that I get more frequent headaches. I guess I'm just someone who needs more fluids.

Thanks for everyone who has answered, and for the ones who haven't read my opening post correctly, please read again.

But surely the toilet is in the building! Or am I just being too pedantic? I always assumed staff nipped to the loo etc

RainbowsFriend Wed 06-Feb-13 22:57:11

As a teacher I deliberately reduce my fluid intake so I don;t need to go, as I normally don;t get time at break as I have to deal with pupils/clear up/set up next activity etc - and often at lunch we have meetings or suchlike.

Lots of my colleagues get kidney infections sad

OP - don't do what I do - it's not good for your health!

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