Yes, techies and federal grants have just given us the talking urinal. Or more precisely, the talking urinal cake. At the moment, the talking, motion-activated urinal cake is being tested in Michigan restrooms as a way to curb drinking and driving, but are we merely a step, hop and a wide stance away from seeing this stuff in the average office restroom?
Just think of all the friendly workplace reminders management could give employees, from "remember to clear your desk" to "remember to clock in on time." Perhaps at some point, the messages could be personalized, as in John, don't forget I'll need that report by 11 a.m. sharp. Oh, the horror. At $21 a pop, however, these urinal cakes aren't cheap, so it may be awhile before this technology trickles down into the average workplace. And what about the urinal-lacking logistics of the ladies room?
Still, it's interesting to think about the creative ways in which management might be able to keep managing employees even during their potty breaks. Camping out in a restroom stall might not be such a quiet getaway anymore.