David Brent, the boss, and office politics

Following the startling revelation last week that managers don’t like “bullshit” from their staff, the Diary’s attention has been drawn to yet another piece of research, which says that 98% of workers in the UK compare their boss to David Brent from The Office.

Indeed, they find their glorious leaders to be an uninspiring and uncreative bunch, according the survey from self-styled “experience gurus” Jack Morton Worldwide.

In fact, these researchers suggest that the word “boss” could actually be an acronym for Bland Oppressive Senseless Soul, and they also found that three-quarters of workers “lose their creative spark at work”.

However, not all of them have completely lost their ability to think in unexpected directions – 62% of people surveyed blamed the ennui of office life on the Government!

Now the Diary is no political apologist and wholeheartedly agrees with the sentiments of the Rebel MC’s 1992 diatribe “The Governments Fail” – but can MPs and “Whitehall mandarins” really be held responsible for the fact that the coffee machine doesn’t work, the boss is behaving oddly again and the new girl in accounts doesn’t want to go for a drink after work?

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