Until recently I’ve worked in an office for most of my working life, so when I was asked to write about office hazards I thought I’d put a more humorous spin on the topic for you guys!
Rubbish Tea makers
I don’t know about you, but I am powered by tea. Strong, a drop of milk, no sugar. My least favourite person, apart from those who never put the kettle on, is the person who makes my tea wrong. No, just no!
Shredders that don’t shred
If I had £1 for every time I’ve tried to fix the shredder and spilt paper all over the floor I wouldn’t need to work. It’s just so much quicker to shred your own paperwork with scissors! Why people don’t do this, I’ll never know. Ugh, shredders, me and you are NOT friends.
The Waste Toner Disposal in the Printer
I once emptied this with my colleague. We spilt it all over our shoes, the floor, the corridor…I ended up shaking it outside, whereby the wind blew it over my white top, and then having to effectively hose it down in the shower. Well THAT was fun!
Racist, sexist jokes no one finds funny? Changing your chair settings so it jars your back when you sit down? Hiding your posessions? I’ve worked with them all and they’re just never as funny as they think they are!
Life would be far easier with no boss, am I right?
In all seriousness though, there are many ACTUAL office hazards, and these should be treated carefully. The lovely people at Accident Advance Helpline have created an infographic on office safety they’ve asked me to share with you as part of this post. It’s really useful and quite fun finding all of the hazards in the interactive clip. Do go and check it out and make sure you keep yourself safe at work! (Three years as a trade union official means this topic is VERY close to my heart)
*This post was written in conjunction with Accident Advice Helpline. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as are the words of this post.