I don’t know about you, but when I’m out for a drink or a meal, I don’t always find it straightforward to find the toilets.
Sometimes they’re by the kitchens, other times they’re tucked away down a spiral staircase, with the signage as inconspicuous as a chameleon.
And the trouble doesn’t stop when I find the toilet door either.
Instead, it only gets more complicated.
You see, if you’re anything like me, you’ve grown more and more mystified by the creative way in which toilet doors are signed in the 21st century.
In the old days, it was obvious, if a bit sexist – the man wore trousers, and the lady wore a dress and we knew exactly where we were.
Now, I’m all for equality, but it’s fair to say that the waters have been muddied a bit in the last few years.
“Ladies” and “Gentleman” signs are a thing of the past, and if you’re lucky, they’ll have been replaced by “Guys” and “gals”, which is comprehensible to most of us.
But if you’re unlucky, you’ll find some obscured Australian slang to denote which door you should go through, or even worse, a difficult-to-decipher diagram that really doesn’t give you much of a clue at all.
Sure, it’s in the name of style, and you can call me old fashioned, but I preferred life when I knew for sure that I wouldn’t be encountering urinals when I entered a public lavatory.
(I’m pretty sure the men who I’ve caught off guard feel the same!)
But despite the fact that pretty much everyone is on the same page here, nothing changes – in fact, the signs just get more and more ludicrous.
Why? I don’t know for sure, but I’d wager it’s because the businesses in questions are lacking a fresh pair of eyes – someone external who can come in and spot the problems that they’re blind to.
That’s very much what we do here at Synergos with our risk assessments – think of things that our clients don’t, and make sure that they don’t become problems. If you want to avoid your equivalent of an embarrassed lady in a men’s toilet, you know where we are!