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It could happen in any office in Manchester. Your boss starts making unusual comments about your colleague, they’re seen having lunch together in the city centre, and suddenly it’s common knowledge they’re having an affair, and you’re stuck in the middle of it. You know both spouses, and they find out you know, and you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.
If you think your colleague might be having an affair with the boss, it’s rarely as obvious to spot as finding the two of them holding hands on the roof of the office, gazing out over Manchester is it?
Here are 10 signs to watch out for, that might show something is going on:
Can you think of any other signs?
There was a time when the sight of your local milkman was a common thing to see on the streets Manchester, even if you weren’t up at the crack of dawn. The jingling milkman’s van cruising down the road, the smell of fresh milk on the door step, and that simple glass bottle, just waiting for the foil to be pealed back.
With the rise of global supermarkets and the multiplication of local convenience stores on seemingly every major street corner in Manchester, it’s increasingly difficult to find a milkman who’ll have fresh milk delivered to your door before 6.30am.
But that doesn’t mean that milk delivery is dead. Far from it. Milk delivery is still an extremely important and valuable service for many offices in central Manchester.
Because for most office workers, having fresh, in-date milk in the fridge is not just a benefit. It’s a necessity. It’s a right. That cup of the tea in the morning is like an elixir of life for staff, without which productivity would be non existent.
Having milk delivered to your office means you’ll always have milk in the fridge for whenever your office needs it. It means you won’t have to rely on a staff member making sure the fridge is stocked up.
It also means your staff can stay focused on the task at hand, and don’t need to get distracted by leaving the office to go and pick up milk. With milk delivered to your office, you can save time and hassle for your team, as they don’t have to go out and battle the Manchester weather, before hauling back pints of milk to the office every day. There’s nothing worse than the office being distracted by an argument about who’s turn it is to go and get milk, and disrupting everyone’s work flow.
There’s also no need to mess around with petty cash either, because an office milk delivery means just one simple monthly invoice. And you can always guarantee you’ll get just the type milk you want to. If you’ve got someone visiting your office from outside of Manchester, they might not be used to the traditional Northern cuppa, and may prefer soya or almond milk. Does you local convenience shop stock these?
Having milk delivered to your office is the simplest and easiest option to make sure your work fridge always has milk in it, and it saves time, hassle and money too. And of course, it also makes sure the Manchester milk delivery van isn’t a relic of the past!
The stresses and strains of the modern workplace seem to be getting more intense, as companies continue struggle to survive in increasingly competitive markets. If you are having to juggle an increasingly hectic schedule, you should grab the opportunity to save time and make life easier for yourself in whichever form it comes. These 5 office gadgets are certain to make those long and stressful days at your desk just a little more bearable.
1. A Bluetooth headset
If you are like most office workers, you will be expected to type, talk and perform a range of duties all at the same time. However, you can now link in your landline and mobile phone to one Bluetooth headset. Switching between calls is just a matter of flicking a switch, and you can free your hands up to send emails, type letters or even eat your lunch.
2. A waterproof keyboard
During the height of office hours, things can get hectic at the average desk. If you have lost count of the number of computer keyboards you have lost to spilled coffee and water, there is now a waterproof, bendable keyboard that is resistant to all fluids. You can jump up and down on it in frustration, submerge it in water or throw it out of the window.
3. Clip-on cup-holder
They say that caffeine is office fuel, so it’s important that your desk has sufficient space for your lattes and breakfast tea. A clip-on holder ensures your drink stays firmly in position. Not only will you be unable to knock it over, it will keep your desk clear for more efficient working.
4. Desktop punching ball
The average office environment can play havoc with a person’s temper, but it’s important that you keep your own emotions in check if you are prone to bouts of office range. Having a desktop ball held firmly in place via suction cups will mean you can release pent-up energy, in a way that won’t get you arrested.
5. Newton’s cradle
No list of desktop gadgets would be complete without the clicking balls and relaxing movement of a Newton’s cradle. Available in a chrome finish, they can relax you in times of stress, and they can also add an element of class to the workplace.
Offices can be brutal places where only the most efficient, motivated and talented people succeed. By adding a few gadgets to your own work space, you can give yourself the best possible chance of surviving the cut-throat corporate jungle.
If you work in an office, choosing your daily work wear can be a minefield, whether you are male or female. Wearing the wrong thing can sometimes lead to contraventions of company rules, health and safety issues or negative opinions from other employees. Here are five top tips to make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the office at all times…
1. Check the company handbook.
Whether your office is more casual or more formal, there will no doubt be certain guidelines that you need to follow in terms of your attire. Some offices will request that men always wear a tie, that no t-shirts with slogans should be worn or that both women and men should wear a suit. Make sure you’ve checked the handbook carefully, as contravention of company rules could lead to disciplinary action.
2. Think health and safety.
While flip flops may seem like the most comfortable option in the height of summer, many companies have banned their use as they can be a trip hazard. Similarly, while excessively high heels may look great, they could also cause health and safety issues. Think carefully about your choice of clothes before you leave for work in the morning.
3. Layer up.
Be prepared for changes in temperature! In the winter, for example, you may be going from a cold walk to a warm train or bus, followed by another cold walk and a warmer office. Even in the summer, office air conditioning can often be too cold for comfort. By wearing layers, you’ll have the ability to deal with all temperatures and stay comfortable while you are working.
4. Think about your image.
How do you want to be seen in the office? As the career man or woman who always looks sharp, or as that person who’s always looking a little scruffy or revealing too much flesh? Dress to suit how you want to be perceived, as sloppy dress could damage your image at work.
5. Accessorise for your personality.
While you may have all sorts of rules about office clothing in place, you can still accessorise to allow your personality to shine through. Jewellery, cuff-links, scarves, ties and shoes can all help to let your own personality shine through, giving you an image that is not only corporate, but also lets people know that you are an individual too.
With everything in the office happening electronically through email and data storage online, you should be able to look around while you read this and see not one scrap of paper in your office. Have you had a look, what can you see?
I bet you can see an office full of people sitting at their computers, doing everything electronically, yet they still seem to be surrounded by mountains of paper. Why is that?
Well contrary to popular belief, technology hasn’t reduced the use of paper in the office at all. In fact, a study in 2012 shows that, worldwide, we have increased our use of paper by over 50%. That’s quite some distance away from our goal of helping the environment by going paperless. So how has this happened?
In short, through printing electronic documents. We send everything over email now, businesses even get their bills electronically, so why do we still feel the need to print out everything we receive? Well, the use of technology to send documents and information doesn’t fit in with what most people are required to do with them after they drop into their inbox.
A few examples include:
Documents and emails needed for meetings. Many of us work from desktops, rather than laptops and tablets, so when we need to take something to a meeting what do we have to do? Print it out.
This is another great example where electronic documents don’t quite fit in with today’s business practice. Accountants and finance departments are legally required to keep copies of certain documents for a number of years; many don’t do this electronically. Instead they have shelves full of box files and what are these all full of? The documents that they received electronically and then printed off so that they could meet the legal requirements of the business.
Forms and contracts.
Although businesses are getting better at sending forms that can be completed and signed online, the majority of the time you still have to print the form off to complete it. If it’s a legal or financial form this then needs to be filed to comply with company or legal requirements which means printing it out.
Technology is improving to allow us to carry out more of our business online. However, it seems that in order for offices to become truly paperless, we would make more progress if we focused on business practice rather than technology. We need to put the tools and business practices in place to allow employees to carry out their role electronically and still be able to meet the requirements of the business.
Milk is one of the world’s most popular drinks and cooking ingredients. It’s also essential to producing some of our most used foods such as butter, cheese and cream. In the UK, the most commonly consumed type of milk is produced by cows, however, milk from goats, sheep and buffalo is also available.
Whole milk usually has a fat content of 3.5% and is the variety of milk that has had the least changes from the original product. This is the type of milk recommended for young children as they require the higher energy content for growth, and because all of the nutrients naturally present in milk remain intact in whole milk.
All consumer milks in the UK are heat-treated in order to make it safe for human consumption. There are several common ways in which this is carried out.
Pasteurisation is the most common and mild form of treatment, and in the UK involves heating the milk to 72°C for a minimum of 25 seconds.
Sterilising milk increases the shelf life but also alters the taste and appearance, reducing the nutritional value somewhat. It is carried out by heating milk to 50°C before it is homogenised and poured into airtight bottles. These bottles are then heated for 10-30 minutes at 110-130°C.
UHT stands for ‘ultra heat treated’ milk, this product is brought up to at least 135°C and is then poured into sterilised packaging giving it an even lengthier shelf life.
Evaporated milk involves heating the milk in order to reduce it to twice the concentration before storing in tins. This product usually has a shelf life of one year at ambient temperatures.
Condensed milk is often an ingredient used in desserts and confectionery. It is the same as evaporated milk but sugar is added during the heating process.
While talent and motivation are essential factors in forging a successful career, the subject of office politics cannot be ignored. It simmers in the background constantly, and while it may be almost too subtle to identify at times, it has the potential to hold your career back. If you are determined to ensure that doesn’t happen, there are 4 strategies you should be employing in the workplace.
1. Find out who the real players are
Offices often have very complex hierarchies, and understanding how yours works will allow you to use it to your advantage. Of course, your bosses will have an obvious seniority, but you need to know which of your colleagues wields a disproportionate amount of influence. Who has the ear of your supervisor? And who can’t be trusted with information you don’t want getting back to management? Once you know how everyone fits into your office’s pecking order, you can negotiate daily politics by manipulating the right people.
2. Steer clear of gossip
The last thing you want to be seen as is the office gossip. If you are being asked to divulge secrets, it means that someone has probably put you in a position of trust. To break that trust could set your career back considerably. However, you also don’t want to appear untrustworthy and standoffish amongst your peer group. Whether you plead ignorance or simply avoid gossip altogether, it should keep you out of trouble.
3. Remember that that the walls have ears
Everyone gets annoyed and fed up with their bosses, workload or office politics from time to time, and venting that frustration is only natural. However, try to keep your rants out of the office, as you never know who is in earshot of your latest tirade. It is also a good idea to keep Facebook and other forms of social media purely for your private life, as impetuous status updates made in the heat of the moment could cause you serious problems.
4. Kill them with kindness
If you can forge a reputation for being approachable, friendly and helpful, you will gain an enormous amount of trust within the office. This could put you in the driving seat when promotions are in the offing. It can also head off any potential confrontations that have the potential to spiral out of control.
Playing office politics involves a delicate balancing act of selective communication and subtle manipulation. But get it right, and you could give your career a welcome boost.
Do you have any tips or comments about office politics?