HR · 12 July 2016

Revealed: The workplace misdemeanours most frowned upon in 2016

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Office romances are in, but lunchtime pints are out
New research has revealed that a pint at lunchtime is out, but dating colleagues is acceptable when it comes to 21st century working etiquette.

A survey by recruitment site CV-Library found that three-quarters of employees think drinking during working hours is unacceptable workplace behaviour while over 70 per cent think tardiness is frowned upon.

And when it comes to employer attitudes to such blunders, over half of those surveyed were of the belief that UK workplaces have got stricter in recent years, with health and safety legislation cited as a key reason for this.

But having relationships with co-workers, wearing casual clothes, and having tattoos previously frowned upon in many offices were all seen as acceptable by those surveyed.

our data reveals some stark contradictions between workplace strictness and office taboos, said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.

whilst it is very much down to the organisation in question, these findings align with trends we are seeing in the workplace, such as increased diversity, more flexible working and more openness around salaries, through gender pay gap discussions.

Plenty of British workers are taking advantage of more relaxed attitudes to working relationships, according to a survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) in November 2015.It revealed the average worker will have at least one office romance over the course of their career with six per cent racking up five or more.



Hannah Wilkinson is a reporter for Business Advice. She studied economics and management at Oxford University and prior to joining Business Advice wrote for Kensington and Chelsea Today about business and economics as well as running a tutoring company.

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