Office morale at 'all time low'

Office morale low

"Facebook skivers" and pointless meetings are among a poll of top office gripes, according to new research. The study of 2,000 office workers discloses a nation of frustrated and thwarted employees who know they may have to work until they are 69 before retirement.

Blocked printers, unproductive meetings and the increasing use of jargon were the leading causes for complaint, with poor technology also irritating staff. Following closely behind were smelly co-workers and colleagues who did not tidy up; staff who are on Facebook instead of working and office gossips. Pollsters claimed the figures pointed to an "all time" low in office morale with 47% of respondents saying they would leave work were it not for the recession.

The survey, to mark the launch of TV channel Dave's Best Part Time Job in the World, also threw up a range of terms for increasingly common situations at work, such as the "Dracula shift" - going to work in the dark, coming home in the dark - and "A bog shaker" - having a private breakdown in the loo.

Other euphemisms workers created included taking "A Chinese holiday" - faking the need for the loo with a five minute break (spent just sitting on a china latrine, head in hands); "Cashanova" - someone who brings in clients or business on charm alone; and "A Mills and Doom" - an office romance.

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