‘Dining al-desko’ and other Irish workplace habits revealed
2016-01-15 14:18:51 -

The habits and opinions of Ireland’s workforce have been revealed in new research carried out by Irish Life.

The study, conducted by Coyne Research, found that 77 per cent of the Irish workforce believe they deserve more money for the job they do, while four in 10 people think that they could do a better job than their boss.

The research was published to mark the launch of Irish Life Empower, an improved workplace pension plan.

Highlighted among the findings are some amusing workplace truths for Irish people. 

Nearly a third of employees said that they have had an ‘office crush’ and over a fifth of respondents admitted to having an ‘office romance’ at some point in their careers.

Given the amount of time we spend in work, it’s not surprising that 61 per cent of the Irish working population have made ‘friends for life’ through work and 46 per cent socialise with their colleagues after work. 

On the other hand, one in three have pretended to be going a different way to avoid walking with a colleague.

One-third of employees in Ireland appear to have trouble with achieving a work-life balance and they regularly bring their work home with them in the evenings. 

Nearly half of all employees (47%) admitted to ‘dining al-desko’ – eating lunch at their desk – on a regular basis.

A similar number, 44 per cent, admitted to having the ‘fear’ on Sunday night ahead of returning to the office on Monday.

Surprisingly, only 20 per cent of people feel that they are on the right career path in life, and employees believe that the appropriate number of jobs to have in the life span of your career is five.

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