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Brits spill the beans about shameful office sins

Research from Novell Coffee on Britain's most shameful office sins showed UK workers have found plenty of ways to misbehave during the 9 to 5.
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At the beginning of November, Fisherman’s Friend suggested job security concerns after the referendum result had been the main driver behind an increase in working hours – but it hasn’t stopped staff from committing what Novell Coffee deemed shameful office sins.

Fisherman’s Friend found that the current average worker only took 1.67 days off work, despite the survey claiming people now suffered more bouts of illness than last year. It further claimed 73.75 per cent had gone to work even while they felt ill enough to stay at home.

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This comes to show that we’re a nation that takes work seriously, right? Well, according to Novell Coffee a few Brits have come clean in terms of their most shameful office sins – and it turns out pulling the occasional fake sickie is one of them.

Some 27 per cent confessed to faking illness, though we shouldn’t be surprised given that one in ten workers who follow Game of Thrones did just that on 25 April in order to see the first episode of the sixth season at the same time as those living in the US. Brits don’t seem to be big fans of spoiler alerts.

The company further explained “almost half of 18-24 year olds admitted they’ve pulled sickies in the past, so it looks like Generation Y has a lot to answer for. “

But did you know that making tea and coffee is ranked among the nation’s most shameful office sins? In fact, it comes out as number one, with many wanting to avoid kettle duty.

Workers in the capital are more conscientious when it comes to making hot beverages for others, the study found, with only 20 per cent of running away when someone’s mug is empty. Some 39 per cent of North East workers aren’t doing their fair share either.

Of course, what would a list on shameful office sins be without statistics on people falling asleep during meetings? In case you’re curious, it seems to be a common trait for men, with 19 per cent saying they do it often compared to ten per cent of women.

Another interesting outcome of the survey was that office workers across the UK weren’t afraid to declare war on colleagues through the use of passive aggressive post-it notes.

They even admitted to taking other people’s lunch from the office fridge – the English adage “finders, keepers” resonated with eight per cent of Brits. In the East of England, 17 per cent declared food as fair game.

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Shané Schutte

Shané Schutte is a senior reporter at Real Business, with a particular specialism in employment and business law, human resources, information technology and sales/marketing.

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