professionals take a much tougher line against the bending of office rules than
workers in other professions, a survey shows.
by Microsoft’s small business service BCentral, the survey of company owners,
managers and other workers from a range of business sectors has rated how
‘sackable’ they regard various office misdemeanours.
shows that workers who are discovered exaggerating their expenses or installing
unlicensed software are more likely to get the sack than those caught ‘throwing
a sickie’, turning up to work with a hangover or using the office telephone to
make personal international calls.
respondents to the survey – from various sectors including finance, IT, legal,
marketing and retail, along with HR professionals – rated each misdemeanour on
a scale from 0 per cent (for ‘no problem at all’) to 100 per cent (for ‘a
professionals (per cent) Average of
all respondents (per cent)
Exaggerating expenses 94
2. Installing unlicensed or pirated software 90 81
3. Using the phone to make international personal calls 86 68
4. ‘Throwing a sickie’ 73 62
5. Turning up for work with a hangover 58 52
6. Falling asleep in the toilet 58 51
7. Using the franking machine to send personal letters 56 59