February 2015

Would you like to do this at lunchtime?

Published on: 12 Feb 2015

What do you normally do at lunchtime?

Do you grab a bite to eat and head back to your desk to continue working (or at least pretend to work whilst playing on the internet)?

cat in the officeDo you grab some fresh air outside the office to recharge your batteries?

A recent initiative between the app based taxi service Uber and an animal rescue organisation has resulted in what I think would be a fantastic way to spend your lunch break and also to recharge your batteries.

You can get a kitten delivered to your office for 15 minutes between midday and 4 pm.

Yes, a real live cute fluffy kitten!

What a great way to de-stress the office – adorable kittens arrive for 15 minutes of playtime in the office.

The kitten visit costs approximately £20 and they can be ordered vie Uber’s app. All the proceeds go to the animal rescue centre.

Everyone here in the office was getting excited when they heard the news but sadly the service isn’t currently available in the UK (at the moment it is only available in Australia and America).

I think it’s a brilliant idea though – it can help de-stress the office, the cat’s rescue centre gets additional revenue and if you happen to fall in love with the kitten the kitten may well find it’s new “forever home” rather than have to stay at the cat’s rescue centre.

It also has an added benefit if you happen to dislike a colleague in your office who is allergic to cats…

A pretty unusual team meeting for all to see.

Published on: 10 Feb 2015

Professionalism and confidentiality are two important features which should be present in today’s business environment.

Unfortunately for two individuals working at Marsh Insurance in New Zealand they undertook some activity in the office which was neither professional nor confidential.

cheeringA married manager in his 40s was working late with a junior colleague in her 20s when one thing led to another and before you could say “how do we record this on the timesheets” they were getting down to let’s just say some “activities which would be difficult to record on a timesheet”.

Whilst people having relationships with colleagues in the office maybe isn’t that unusual, what was unusual about this situation was what they got up to and also that they left the lights on and the blinds in the office were open.

This, together with the fact that the Marsh offices were directly opposite the Carlton Bar and Eatery which at the time of the “short term intimate team building exercise” was hosting a live band playing a concert with over 50 people in attendance.

This meant that the “teambuilding exercise” was viewed by all of the people in the pub with a number of them filming the action and subsequently posting it on facebook and YouTube.

Despite the cheers and encouragement from the pub the two office workers didn’t notice that their indiscretions were on view for all to see. When they finished the “teambuilding” the band in the pub across the road even struck up a rendition of King’s of Leon hit “Sex on Fire” but the couple were still unaware that their indiscretions had been recorded and proceeded to get dressed and head out of the office back home to their respective partners / homes.

With the viral power of the internet, word soon got around and my guess is that there was a fair amount of explaining needed both at home and in the office regarding their professionalism at the office.

It’s not been reported what the colleague whose desk was used for the “teambuilding” thought of the matter.

You can wave goodbye to the free pizza

Published on: 06 Feb 2015

Here’s a question for you – if you’ve just been lucky enough to get a new job, can you think of one thing that you should NOT do?

pizzaA lady by the name of Cella has just found out the answer to that question the hard way.

She had just been offered a job at Jet’s Pizza in Texas, America and had accepted it. She was due to start the following day but in the evening before her first day at the pizza parlour she posted on Twitter “Ew I start this f*** a** job tomorrow”.

Unfortunately for her the tweet was noticed by an employee of the pizza parlour and he told the owner of the restaurant about it.

The owner, a gentleman by the name of Robert Waple then tweeted at her “And… no you don’t start that FA job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no money, no job life!”

The twitter exchange became an online hit and has been retweeted nearly 4,000 times.

A valuable lesson for Cella as apparently the job would have involved working the till, taking phone orders, making sandwiches and salads and importantly eating free pizza.

In summary, she was sacked before she started due to her tweet and now she’s missing out on her salary and free pizza!

The ExP Group