According to The Wall Street Journal, “Office showers are going mainstream, ushering in a new era of intimacy and awkwardness.”
Companies want to project a healthful, youthful image and let workers rinse off after biking to work or after a midday Pilates class.
The journal uses the example of Brooks Running Company in Seattle where, to conserve water, there's a timer in the showers that shuts off after four minutes.
This has led to some team-building. Workers hop in for 30-second bursts and give a yell when they’re about to step out, so the next person can jump in.
No, these are not coed showers.
Of course some companies would never let you have a personal moment on their premises. Realizing that some people do their best thinking in the shower, one company installed a notepad with waterproof paper on the shower’s tile walls.