Survey reveals ‘office sins’ confessions

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Poll by online coffee retailer Novell Coffee exposes shameful 9 to 5 shenanigans involving evaded tea and coffee making duties, feigned illness and theft of co-worker’s lunches.

It appears us Brits have some bad office habits when it comes to interaction with our fellow co-workers. An online survey of 10,000 UK office workers uncovered some pretty reprehensible behaviour, owned up to by perpetrators protected by the survey’s anonymity.

Recent data shared by the Daily Express suggested that Brits are pulling fewer ‘sickies’ since the Brexit vote and yet the Novell Coffee survey showed that not only are we still taking unwarranted leave of absence, we are also a nation of rule breakers.

The ultimate office worker sin – tea run shirker!
The top confessed office worker sin, admitted to by just under a third of respondents, was a shirking of ‘tea run’ responsibilities. Londoners, it seems, are much less likely to dodge making cuppas for the team with only 20% of capital based workers avoiding kitchen duties, while a hefty 39% of their counterparts in the North East pleaded guilty to the crime.

The sin of ‘taking liberties’
This sin takes on many guises with respondents admitting to ‘pushing their luck’ when it comes to taking sick leave, internet use and not pulling their weight during meetings.

Just over a quarter (27%) of those polled confessed to taking a day off under false pretences, namely pretending they were sick. Generation Y were the worst offenders with almost half of 18-24 year olds admitting to have ‘pulled sickies’ in the past.

Inappropriate internet use was declared by 21% of respondents but while workers in the North East scored highly as ‘tea run shirkers’, they are much less likely (only 6%) to surf the internet for reasons other than those which are work related.

Almost a quarter of the men surveyed confessed to catching up on some shuteye during meetings, compared to only 10% of women, 19% in total across the 10,000 workers polled.

The sin of office warfare
It was interesting to note the number of workers who admitted to waging war on their workmates with the penning of passive aggressive post-it notes, not to mention the misappropriation of a co-worker’s lunch. Indeed 1000 respondents confessed to having written ‘strong words’ to colleagues in the past, and 800 food thieves admitted to having eaten someone else’s lunch on at least one occasion.

It appears that employers across the UK should be calling meetings, at which tea, coffee and sandwiches are provided, with an agenda focussed on unauthorised sick leave and inappropriate internet use.


Posted by Julie Tucker

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