A survey has revealed the quirky behaviour Brits are employing to cheer themselves up in the office – and with the popularity of reality singing talent shows, it seems we’re all getting musical to keep spirits up.
If you thought being on hold while at your desk was boring, think again. Almost half of us admit lip-syncing to hold music and playing loud music at our desks to turn the sulks into smiles. We only hope for colleagues’ sakes this involves the use of headphones.
The results come at a time when everyone’s joy supplies are running low, with two thirds of people from the West Midlands saying January makes them feel blue.
To inspire the nation’s workforce to bring more joy to their day, Cadbury Dairy Milk conducted the research looking into what people do in the office to cheer themselves up. And if you’ve ever done a full dance routine in the office, sung your heart out to One Direction, or sat with your feet up and taken that all-important selfie – all while nobody’s watching - you’re in good company. Nearly a third of us admit to having more fun in the office when we’re on our own.
Top ways people in the West Midlands bring a bit of joy to the office include:
1. Reading and sharing funny internet posts
2. Lip synching to hold music and playing music loud at our desks
3. Having a cup of tea
4. Doing a spot of online shopping
5. Chatting on the phone to friends or a loved one
Despite a rather miserly 15 per cent of Brits not bothering to do anything to cheer up colleagues at work, people from the West Midlands employ a host of tactics to share the joy in the office and turn the gloom into glee. These include:
1. Sharing a funny joke
2. Sharing a snack or sweet treat with colleagues
3. Making colleagues a cup of tea
4. Making faces at colleagues while they’re on the phone
5. Giving them a hug
In fact a massive 79 per cent of Brits believed little moments of fun have a positive impact on colleague’s relationships. A further 34 per cent were of the opinion that building a little bit of joy into your routine improved your working day.
Matthew Williams, marketing activation director for Cadbury Dairy Milk said: “Let’s face it, work can sometimes be a bit dull. Cadbury Dairy Milk is trying to encourage everyone to do something spontaneously joyful, such as singing along to the hold music when you’re on the phone. After all, our glass and a half full chocolate always raises a smile.”
Celebrities envied for having the most fun during their working days include presenters Ant and Dec, who fly in at the top spot for being able to work with their best friend, with Russell Brand and Graham Norton following. Nick Hewer from The Apprentice also polled highly due to his dry wit and much-loved facial expressions - proving comedy is key to a happy days work.
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