Back-Stabbing Rife In The Modern Office
The recession is putting a real strain on our sense of team at the office according to new research. The poll, conducted by Officebroker.com, found that nearly 40% of people would rather see a colleague get the sack than see a cut in their own salary.
Chris Meredith, head of sales at officebroker.com, said: 'Many people believe the way to motivate people is simply to give them more money, but our results show that this view is far too simplistic.
'Nearly two thirds of those polled said they would be willing to take a pay cut to keep somebody else in the job which shows just how important a good team ethic can be in the workplace.
'For some people, money is their sole motivating factor so it's no surprise that more than a third of those surveyed said they would be happy to see a colleague fired if it would benefit them financially.'
The survey also revealed what features of office life people would happily cut back on if it meant retaining their salary. First for the chop was their lunchbreak, with nearly 50% saying they'd take a shorter lunch if it meant saving their salary. Cutting back on smoking breaks came 2nd, with the loss of weekends off and use of company cars trailing in last.
Trade Union chief Brendon Barber responded to the survey in scathing terms. "Without co-operation, working life would be solitary, poor, nasty and brutish. However, there cannot be real trust at work unless workers feel that they have a voice, which is where trade unions play a vital role.
"Where there is no independent union to make sure that their views are properly heard, workers will understandably be skeptical about whether we are really all in this together, especially as they see top people's pay continue to soar." he said.