Regionally, the survey for National Office Week 2009 (May 11th – 15th) reveals even more stark results:
- Londoners Want To Hit Co-Workers - 40% of London office workers have ‘felt like hitting a colleague in the past year’ compared with just 16% of people in the South West
- The Welsh Steal From Their Bosses - In Wales four in 10 people admit to stealing from the office. Whereas only 7% of office workers in the North East say they’ve stolen from their boss.
- The Scots Surf The Net To Waste Time - The laziest office workers are in Scotland. 80% of staff say they surf the net during the day to waste time.
- The Over 65’s Are The Most Angry - Over half of the over 65’s who work say they want to hit their younger line-managers.
- Flirting in the East Mids - Office flirting is a favourite of people working the East Midlands. 44% of workers in the region say they enjoy flirting with colleagues. In Scotland the figure is even higher with almost 6 out of ten saying they flirt with co-workers.
The comprehensive survey, commissioned by National Office Week 2009, also found that since the start of the recession almost a third of office workers ‘can’t see the point in their job’ and a staggering 40% say that office life was better in the 1950’s than it is today.
The findings are published on the first day of National Office Week 2009 (May 11th – 15th) – the annual celebration of office workers in the UK designed to promote a better quality of office life.
Debi Arnold, Director of National Office Week said:
“The UK’s office workers are a really angry bunch right now. Here at National Office Week we want to help everyone who works in an office to relax and enjoy office life which is why we have set up National Office Week.
“The poll results are a timely reminder that office life can be taxing and nationalofficeweek.com endeavours to turn that around with tips, advice and promotional activity created to ensure their office life can be just a little bit more gorgeous, and hopefully make them less likely to flatten a colleague.”
Breakdown of key stats:
Office violence - % of people who have wanted to hit a work colleague in the last year:
- 41% of the Welsh
- 38% of people in London
- 38% of people in the North East
- Just 16% in the South East
- 50% of the over 65’s
- 21% of the 45-54s
Office flirting - % of people who flirt to make the day pass quicker
- 56% of Scots
- 44% in the East Mids
- 36% in London
- Just 16% in the North West
- 52% of 18-24s
- Just 17% of over 65’s
- 36% of men
- 23% of women
Theft from the office - % of people who have stolen from the office
- 40% of 18-24s
- 30% of 55-64s
- 38% of Welsh people
- 35% of Scots
- 27% of Londoners
- 7% of people in the North East
On the net = % who spend time on the internet to make the day pass quicker
- 78% of Scots
- 55% in Yorkshire and Humber
- 44% in London
- 18% in the North East
- 65% of 18-24s
- 14% of over 65s
Data courtesy of National Office Week 2009
You are sweet and generous and always there for your friends. A caring soul, you're dedicated and kind. That doesn't mean that others can push you around and tell you what to do. You follow your heart but expect back as much as you give. You're smart, funny and anybody of either sex would be happy to have you in their lives.
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing and even if it's just a one-line post.
2. Do this everyday for a week without fail.
3. Tag 8 of your friends to do the same...
...so my wishlist for the betagged is...
suzyscottdotcom out of sheer nosiness really, i know buses and girlfriend and clothes are pleasures, and i want to know MORE!
Okay, so as one of the eight, I have to post something for the next eight days. So, if this bores the hell out of you, sorry, but you know who's idea it was!
In the meantime, I'd take suggestions from Elaine (or anyone else) as to any aspect of my life that you'd like me to write about, and I'll get onto a post of mine late in the day.
I'm meant to tag another eight, but the majority of my f-list are busy busy busy I am sure... so, feel free to join in with this, if you'd wish...
If you're feeling the anxiety surrounding this whole election thing, and the cookies and the cocktails didn't help - why not throw yourself a little election day party?
Sure, you could sit around watching CNN or Fox News (why?!) watching everyone play the clips of Obama and Palin voting over and over again. Or analyst after analyst analyzing the polls and how many votes so and so has but not knowing exactly who has won yet. But why do that when there are so many free things and discounts you could be getting!
Take for example, you could be getting a free cup of coffee at Starbucks!
If you show the folks at Krispy Kreme your I Voted Today sticker, you can have a star shaped, red, white and blue donut for free!
Still need something to take your mind off all the uncertainty? Babeland are promising to give you a Maverick Sleeve or a Silver Bullet for free if you show them your voting stub at any one of their locations in New York and in Seattle.
If ice cream is more your scene, you can stop by a Ben & Jerry's as they're giving away free scoops from 5pm-8pm.
If you're in Seattle, you're also in for a bit of a treat as all three locations of Cupcake Royale will be giving away free babycakes as part of their "Vote, Babycake, Vote" promotion.
Just feel like home and sitting on your ass? Papa Johns is selling pizza on the cheap (sort of) as you can order a large pizza with up to three toppings for *only* $11.04. (See what they did there?)
What I find hilarious is that Americans are known for being "obese", and here's corporate America...bribing us to vote with free food and free ways to get off. They know us too well.
I am the boy who never finished high school, because I got called a fag everyday
I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.
I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.
I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.
We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.
I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.
I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.
I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.
I am the man who fears that I will never be able to be myself, to be free of this secret because I won’t risk loosing my family and friends.
We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.
I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.
I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.
I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.
I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.
I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.
I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.
I am the woman who died when the EMTs stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.
I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didnt have to always deal with society hating me.
I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don’t believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.
I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.
I am the person ashamed to tell my own friends im a lesbian, because they constantly make fun of them.
I am the boy tied to a fence, beaten to a bloody pulp and left to die because two straight men wanted to “teach me a lesson”.
I am the guy who came out to the entire school in his senior speech
and got a standing ovation for his courage.
I am the girl who kisses her girlfriend on the sidewalk and laughs at
those who glare.
We are the couple who planned and studied and got a damn good lawyer
and BEAT the state that wanted to take our child away.
We are the ones who took martial arts classes and carry pepper spray
and are just too dangerous to gay bash.
I am the transgender person who uses the bathroom that suits me, and
demands that any complaining staff explain their complaint to my face
in front of the entire restaurant -- and shares with my other trans
friends which restaurants don't raise a stink.
I am the mother who told her lesbian daughter to invite her
girlfriend over for dinner.
I am the father who punished his son for calling you a fag.
I am the preacher who told my congregation that love, not hate, is
the definition of a true follower of God.
I am the girl who did not learn the meaning of "homosexual" until
high school but never thought to question why two men might be
I am the woman who argues (quite loudly and vehemently) with the
bigots who insist that you do not have the right to marry or raise
We are the high school class who agrees, unanimously, along with our
teacher, that love should be all that matters.
I am the legislator who, in spite of letters running 10:1 against it,
voted in favor of a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage,
because it was the right thing to do.
If you agree, repost this. Do it. You don't have to be afraid. You
can handle it. You're stronger than you think.
I am making a difference. Hate will not win.
One of those quotes really struck with me. No matter what relationship you are in, whatever your status in life, love is all that matters.
In the meantime, I've been catching up on community suggestions, and joining quite a few. One that I stumbled across by accident was political_macro. Think poltical pictures meets cat macros, and you've kind of got the idea. When you need a smile on your face...
Now, having gone to the PB home page, I get "You are not able to access this service because Vodafone Content control is in place."
Hmm, bandwith saving intentions?
p.s. Forgot to mention earlier on that I've now had my first dilating session in a caravan!