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The Couch?! Demands an SOS office makeover

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Adorable labradors aside; what office workers really want from their toilet roll is it for to be of the soft, long and very velvety variety with as little likeness to sandpaper as possible.



A survey by North-West property developers MDA, found that cheap toilet roll was the most hated object of the office.

Other bum deals include:

  • Yucca plants

  • Faulty air conditioning systems

  • Stress balls/toys on desks

  • Vending machine coffee

  • Dirty cups piled in the sink

  • Mismatched desks

  • Patterned carpets

  • Getting emails from colleagues five feet away

  • Paper jams left in photocopiers

So if you’ve joined the merry throng just saying no to seventies carpets and hotchpotch workspaces then we’d like to know about it.

After all compared to our European colleagues, the European Trade Union Confederation say that Brits spend an average 44 hours a week in the workplace, that’s four hours more than our colleagues put up with across the channel so why shouldn’t you get friendly with the office interiors?

Post your design faux-pas and top office clutter turn-offs in the box below.

One Response

  1. Air Conditoning – A Happy Medium??!
    We have a very expensive air conditioning system throughout the 3 floors of our building. Our previous building had none at all.

    This year, I’ve never had so many complaints about staff being too hot or too cold. The thermostats are available for staff to turn down or up at will, which is one problem. The second problem is that the air con units are in the ceilings – if an employee feels the cold and their desk is under one of the blower units, they freeze in the summer but are happy in the winter when the units kick out heat. If an employee feels the heat and sits under a unit, they’re fine in the summer but uncomfortable in the winter. Hot desking or changing desks every 6 months in each department is not an option. We’ve tried discussion groups which reach agreement except in severe hot or cold weather conditions, which happens more frequently in today’s environment. Some companies set the temperature and don’t allow staff to access the controls – I guess you just can’t please all the people all the time!! So to date, we still haven’t managed to find an ideal solution.

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