Awkward Office Restroom Conversations

As if using a public restroom wasn’t bad enough, dealing with awkward conversations in the bathroom makes it even worse! Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips to help you handle stall talk.

Richie Frieman
4-minute read
Episode #197

A little while back, I talked about Proper Restroom Etiquette and I was thrilled (and a little disturbed) by the huge response of Modern Manners Guy fans who have had to deal with their own awkward restroom experiences. However, it seems that what many people were really concerned about were the awkward conversations that occur in the workplace restroom. And I, for one, am with everyone who finds those people who enjoy kickin’ up a convo while going to the restroom to be utterly disgusting and beyond awkward.

How to Handle Awkward Office Restroom Conversations 

What is SO urgent, that you have to tell me now? As well, what makes you think I want to talk to anyone while using the restroom? Look, there is no secret about what goes on in a restroom, and no one cares to make that experience entertaining. We want to get in, get out, and go on with our day. Yeah, sometimes you want to make the time in the restroom more relaxing with some reading material, but that relaxation does not include talking to your boss who is in the stall next to you. AWWWWWKWARD!

So before you head into your office restroom, check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for how to handle those unpleasant encounters:

Tip #1 – The Chatterbox

I have a friend (we’ll call him Stan) who is terrified to use public restrooms. He ignores the “when you gotta go, you gotta go” rule whenever he is in public. Recently, he got a new job in a large office setting (drastically different than his home office setting before) and the first thing on his mind was, “What am I going to do about the restroom?” His biggest fear wasn’t how he would handle the workload or whether he would get along with his colleagues and boss. No, he was terrified of seeing, talking, and interacting with coworkers in the restroom. That was his biggest worry!