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Like to Gossip in the Office?

It seems like you are not alone! According to new research, one in seven emails sent by the average emailer have been defined as gossip. The study was collated from hundreds of thousands of emails from bankrupted American energy company Enron.It found that a typical employee was sending around 112 emails a day, and of those, 15% were written about other people. The Georgia Institute of Technology revealed the...

Paperless Office Resources: Is a paperless office realistic?

Look at your desk, what do you see? Paper? Lots of paper maybe? According to Reduce.org the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year! Does your company have a ‘paperless office policy’ or maybe a ‘tidy desk policy’? Increasingly companies are moving to a paperless state, requiring staff to print as little as possible and shred/recycle documents once used for a meeting...

Working women more likely to put on weight

The results of research has found that if you’re a woman who works more than 35 hours per week you’re more likely to put on weight than those who work less than 35 hours. The Centre for Health and Economics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia studied 9,276 woman during their research. The woman were all aged 45 – 50 and the study lasted two years. How can working more make you gain...

Changing office culture by changing offices

This might sound a little extreme, moving office just to change your culture but it’s a very serious recommendation. Offices are becoming more than just somewhere to house staff and equipment, they can play a key role in how your staff interact and even how productive they are. Altering company culture A recent meeting of key property personnel in Manchester (hosted by M.E.N Media) highlighted just how far...

Who’s Offices are Dirtier? Men’s or Women’s?

According to a recent study, it’s mens! The research conducted by scientists in America took samples from 90 offices in New York, San Francisco and Tucson, Arizona and found that men’s offices contain significantly higher numbers of bacteria than women’s. They identified over 500 types of bacteria, most of which originated from human skin, noses, ears and “ intestinal cavities”, and found that office...

Making Office Small Talk

If you work in a office, you will be no stranger to making small talk with colleagues be it in the queue at the vending machines or the annual Christmas party. However, chatting with colleagues can be difficult as you may not have much in common with them apart from sharing the same office space, yet it is expected of you to get on with your colleagues, and getting on with them certainly makes office life easier. So...

The Benefits of Working in a Shared Office

While many companies are becoming much more flexible when it comes to working from home, an increasing number of us are realising that there are distinct benefits to staying put in our offices. With the recession continuing to rumble on, business owners have found that rents and leases have become much more flexible, and cheaper too. What’s more, there is currently a wealth of workspace right across the country...

Google’s Les Paul Guitar Cost Businesses in Lost Productivity

A few weeks ago, on June 9th, Google marked what would have been Les Paul’s 96th birthday, with an interactive doodle. If you are anything like us, you will have spent a good amount of time strumming away with your mouse or keyboard, impressing your colleagues with your ‘skills’- and it seems we were not alone! According to website Extreme Tech, workers around the world spent a mighty 10.7 million...

Infographic: Getting Your Caffeine Fix in the Office

This week’s blog post features our first infographic ‘Getting Your Caffeine Fix in the Office’. With so many of us relying on a daily caffeine fix to get us through the day at work, we thought we’d look at just how healthy (or unhealthy!) our favourite caffeinated beverages are. The infographic is full of caffeine related stats, from how to get the ultimate caffeine fix, debunking common...

Getting On with Colleagues More Important Than High Salary

According to a new survey ran by job review site The Job Crowd, just under a third of workers felt getting on with their work colleagues was the most prolific contributing factor in satisfaction in the workplace. 520 employees were polled in the survey, all of whom had been in their current job for less than 2 years. They were asked to stipulate which factors brought them the greatest happiness in their current...

Are Office Workers Becoming More Green?

A YouGov poll of over 2,000 office staff has revealed that around 47% believed their office had become energy efficient since the recession. Led by managers looking to save money, this energy efficiency drive has resulted in 57% of those surveyed indicating that their greener workplace has produced reduced costs. The survey found a range of measures are being used with recycling paper being the most popular at 69%....

Working long hours in the office could damage your health

A large majority of the UK working population spend their time in the office. But did you ever think spending more time there would increase your risk of a heart attack? No, neither did we… Well research published by University College London this week suggests workers who work longer than 11 hours a day have a 67% greater chance of heart disease, thus raising the risk of heart attacks. Maybe it’s time...
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