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They do things differently in.... Sweden

(One new SATA cable later....)

It has been a while since I last worked in a conventional office environment, but unless things have changed a lot, the number one topic of conversation in the average workplace is moaning about management / underlings, depending upon whereabouts one sits in the food chain.

Not, however, on the other side of the North Sea:

"Few topics of discussion are off limits at the office - current affairs (56 percent) and work-related issues (52 percent) are the subjects most talked about; the manager(s) (9 percent) and health (7 percent) are at the other end of the scale".

Perhaps more alarming is that 9% of the Swedes surveyed thing that flirting with the boss is just fine. Further, "24 percent are content to talk behind the backs of their colleagues". Or perhaps 76% are in denial.

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Blogger Tristan said... 7:45 am

My office is probably not typical given the high number of geeks and highly educated people and the existence of office IRC, but we have lots of debates about current affairs and politics.

Its probably helped by the fact we have myself, another libertarian (well, he described his politics as being like mine) someone who I'm trying to convince of libertarianism and a leftist (and occasionally someone who works for a Labour MP pops up - the fireworks really get going then...)  



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:50 am

I was rarely able to get political chat going at my last office. There were a couple of Tories and the rest were don't knows / don't cares.

Meanwhile, hurrah for the internet.....  



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