In Numbers: The Life of an Office Worker – The London Economic
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In Numbers: The Life of an Office Worker

A new study that spoke to 2,000 people has charted the habits of the average British office worker.

With Brits working for an estimated 47 years’ employees have been found to arrive to the office late 1,026 times, take 98 days off sick and endure 1,174 meetings.

It may come as no surprise that offices are not the most harmonious environment with the average worker falling out with colleagues 479 times.

The biggest cause of conflict at work is the temperature of the building, followed by people pretending to busy when they’re not.

And the boss is the third biggest reason for conflict – in fact, the average worker will have 891 showdowns with their superior throughout their professional life.

On average respondents spend 13 minutes and 13 seconds each day searching for missing paperwork and stationery – despite one in five decluttering their desks on a weekly basis.

Office workers will also get through 196 notepads during their career, run 282 pens dry and print-off 343,504 pages of documents.

Fiona Mills, Marketing Director at Avery UK said: “It’s fascinating to see just how much people experience throughout their careers.

“It may be quite an eye opener for office workers as they may not realise quite how much time they’ll spend doing things or the number of times they’ll do them.

“The research certainly suggests that they deserve all the cups of tea they consume, however bosses might not be too happy about the number of times people are late.”

Brits will arrive to the office late 1,026 times, take 98 days off sick and endure 1,174 meetings. Bad traffic is the number one reason respondents don’t make it in on time, followed by poor timekeeping and oversleeping.

When they are late in, office workers arrive nine minutes and 52 seconds after they should do – however 57 per cent said they are never late to work.

The research by Avery UK found that 85 per cent agreed that having a clear filling system and knowing where everything is makes their job less stressful.

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