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in brief

Ban buzzwords
Almost three quarters of UK workers (74%) think that people who regularly use office jargon, such as ‘drill down’ and ‘touch base’, do so to sound more professional or intelligent. In a survey by CV Library, 70% said they would like to scrap buzzwords completely.

Smoking breaks
Two thirds (66%) of non-smoking office workers believe it is unfair that their colleagues who smoke take ‘additional’ breaks throughout the day, a survey by shows. More than half (58%) think that those who smoke during normal working hours should be made to ‘clock’ or ‘record’ their smoking breaks, while 44% think smoking breaks are often ‘disruptive’, especially when working in teams.

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Quality of working life
Nearly eight in ten (77%) managers work for at least an additional hour each day, adding up to an extra 29 days over the course of a year, according to Chartered Management Institute’s Quality of Working Life study. With average holiday entitlement of only 28 days, this extra time cancels out managers’ annual leave.

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