An extended office bathroom break could be a thing of the past thanks to a new toilet that developers say will make people want to leave the loo after five minutes.
The 'StandardToilet', created by a start-up company of the same name, has been backed by the British Toilet Association (BTA), a group that campaigns for better bathroom facilities in offices and public spaces.The seat is sloped forward by about 13 degrees to increase strain on the legs similar to a gentle squat thrust, according to developer Mahabir Gill from StandardToilet.
The Staffordshire based company says it has already had interest from local councils and motorway service stations for the £150 - £500 toilet.
They hope to also target offices as they believe cutting down on the length of employee bathroom breaks would dramatically improve productivity.
'It is estimated that in the United Kingdom alone, extended employee breaks costs industry and commerce an £4 billion per annum', Mr Gill said.
'With the advent of flexible zero hour contracts it is easy to see why our StandardToilet can be an asset to a business.'
He says it provides health and wellbeing benefits through improved posture and encouraging less time sitting on the toilet.
'Medical studies have suggested that using the traditional WC can cause swollen haemorrhoids and weakening of pelvic muscles.
'The StandardToilet provides Increased comfort through promoting the engagement of upper and lower leg muscles which helps reduce musculoskeletan disorders.'