You might imagine your boss to be a pretty strict type, laying down the rule of office law at every opportunity.
That might be the perception, but according to a recent survey, it might not be accurate.
When asked what employers and employees thought to be acceptable workplace behavior, there was some pretty surprising divergence of opinion. Only 34% of employees thought it was acceptable to go to the gym at lunchtime, where as 53% of their bosses thought it was fine. A massive 64% of employees thought that online shopping during working hours was a no-no, but only 40% of their employers agreed.
The biggest difference appears to concern personal phone calls at work. 28% of employees thought that taking a personal phone call was never acceptable, while a mere 4.8% of the boardroom held the same opinion.
David Cannon, Managing Director of workplace designers Maris Interiors, is unsurprised by the findings: “I think it’s natural for employers to be wary of what they can get away with at work, as it’s usually better to err on the side of caution. But the people at the top are still human, and are usually pretty reasonable about most things. At least I hope that’s what my colleagues think of me!”
Notes For The Editor:
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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