A survey of office workers carried out by property company Vasakronan also showed that flirting with co-workers is accepted, as are conversations focusing on stress and burn-out.
Of all the activities observed in the study, getting drunk at the office party is the most widely accepted, with 62 percent giving festive inebriation the thumbs up.
Directing amorous attentions at the boss however is very much frowned upon, with only nine percent of office workers countenancing the practice.
Seeking employment advantages by currying the boss’s favour is also a serious no-no (11 percent), while flirting with co-workers is viewed as being relatively acceptable (32 percent).
Showing disregard for others, by not washing dishes for example, is supported by 23 percent of respondents. 24 percent are content to talk behind the backs of their colleagues.
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.
Office workers are particularly comfortable talking about their feelings of stress (89 percent), concerns about their children (81 percent), different religions (71 percent) and being burnt out (66 percent).
Vasakronan’s office barometer is an independent internet-based panel reflecting the views of office workers in a variety of fields. A total of 900 people participated is the voluntary survey.