Not everyone shares the same cleanliness guidelines as I do, but I think that everyone should wash their hands after using the restroom.  No exceptions!  If you knew for a fact that a co-worker did not wash their hands, would you confront them?

Now I will admit that I am a clean freak.  I would even go as far as saying I am close to having an obsessive-compulsive disorder when it comes to cleanliness.  Especially the restroom.  I hardly ever use public bathrooms and when I do, I am the person who uses paper towels to turn the faucet off and open the door.

So this morning I drank a lot of water and had to use the restroom at work.  It is small and has only two stalls.  So if someone's in there, most of the time, I know exactly who it is.  Well someone was in there.  Now, I want to be clear that I wasn't trying to focus on what she was doing.  But I heard the toilet flush and then, without turning on the water, she opened the door and left.

I was mortified!  How can someone use the restroom, wipe themselves, and then not wash their hands?  And a grown woman at that.  The problem I have is that I work with this person and from now on I'm not going to want to touch anything they handle.  So my first thought is to confront them.  But then at the same time,  I don't want to embarrass them.

An ancient Hebrew proverb says: "Cleanliness is next to godliness."

I agree.  I'm not saying that everyone has to be as clean as I am, but at least wash your hands after you do your restroom business.  This will prevent you from spreading nasty germs around that could cause someone or even yourself to get sick.

If you knew for a fact that a co-worker did not wash their hands after using the bathroom, would you confront them?


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