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Caution ‐ this office may damage your health

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Abstract:

Purpose ‐ This paper aims to present reflections on the frustrations of working in the modern business office setting. Design/methodology/approach ‐ This is a fictional poem. Findings ‐ The poem reveals that the accumulation of relatively minor irritants, distractions and frustrations can have a significantly deleterious effect on the mental condition of some sensitive office workers. Research implications ‐ The paper presents warning signs for the potential implications for occupational health and safety of the culture and working conditions prevalent in many office environments in the twenty-first century. Originality/value ‐ The paper presents a poet's perspective on modern office working conditions.

Keywords: Cliché; Employees; Gossip; Meetings; Mission; Mobile phone; Occupational health and safety; Office; Strategic; Work

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513571211234303

Publication date: June 15, 2012

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