Press Release May 2010: Slough Least Friendly Place To Work In UK

The UK's only recruitment agency review site has conducted nationwide research and found that more than a third of employees would purposely sabotage a colleague's chance of promotion even if they were better suited for the role, with Slough, where hit TV-show The Office was based, named as the least friendly place in the UK to work.

The UK's only recruitment agency review site has conducted nationwide research in a bid to better understand the internal relationships of those within the workplace.

Recruitment agency review site www.HireScores.com surveyed 1,587 members of the British public, of which 1,276 were currently in employment. Of the total number of people polled, only 1 in 3 said that they got on well with all of their colleagues, whilst half admitted that they disliked at least a quarter of the people that they worked with.

More than a third, 36%, of employees said that they would purposely sabotage a colleague's chances of a promotion in a bid to beat them to the role. Two thirds said that they would do it because they believed that their co-worker would do the same thing to them if the chance were to arise.

Those that worked in smaller companies were less likely to sabotage a colleague's chances of promotion, with 12% of those that worked in a company of ten people or less saying that they would act to prevent their co-worker's progressing. A third, 34%, of those that worked in companies with 11 - 50 people said they would ruin a co-workers chance of promotion, whilst 62% of those that worked in companies of 51 or more people said that they would sabotage a colleague's chance of a better job.

Those that worked in York proved to have the best working relationships, with 3 in 4, 74% saying that they got on with the people that they worked with. Londoners had the worst working relationships with just a 12% saying that they got on with their co-workers.

A third of those that said they disliked some of their co-workers, 34%, said that they didn't think that their colleagues were aware, whilst half said that the feeling was mutual.

The least work friendly cities based on those said they believed their office to be a ‘friendly' place to work:

1.    Slough - 12%

2.    London - 16%

3.    Brighton - 18%

4.    Birmingham - 19%

5.    Peterborough - 23%

The most work friendly cities based on those that said they believed their office to be a ‘friendly' place to work:

1.    York - 74%

2.    Bristol - 72%

3.    Stoke- on-Trent - 68%

4.    Sunderland - 67%

5.    Southampton - 65%

Of the total number of people polled a third admitted that they had falling out with a colleague that they had considered a friend due to a work related issue, with half of these admitting it was promotion jealousy.

Lisette Howlett, Managing Director of http://www.HireScores.com said;

"We always knew that those who worked in The Office weren't too keen in their office environment, but when we realised that people in Slough were generally unhappy we were a little surprised. I just hope that all the offices in Slough don't have a boss like David Brent, otherwise it becomes a lot easier to see why they believe their place of work is the least friendly!"

Link: http://www.HireScores.com

ENDS

Gabrielle Lofthouse, 10 Yetis PR

Tel: 01452 348 211

E: gabrielle@10yetis.co.uk

T: @Gabriella_PRowl

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Lisette has over 20 years industry experience with such firms as ICI, Zeneca/AstraZeneca and Syngenta as well as local government and the public sector.