Handling the top 5 office arguments

Office arguments

As the weather cools, we spend an increasing amount of our days behind our desks, wrapped up in the warmth. This can result in a tinder box of office workers cooped up inside, snipping and sniping at one another over every perceived slight and disagreement. Today, we’re going to be sharing what the five most common causes of workplace arguments are, as well as how to diffuse these fraught exchanges!

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Sustainable bottled water – pipe dream or reality?

Bottle of water

Here in the UK, it’s no secret that we love our bottled water. In fact, in 2016 alone, we drank 2.9 million litres of the stuff, up 14% from the previous year. This trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down, Zenith are predicting that by 2021, the total market for UK water drinks will exceed 5.5 billion litres. However, this trend has a worrying downside. In 2016, fewer than half of the plastic bottles sold were collected for recycling, and of the bottles collected, only 7% were turned into new bottles, with most ending up in landfill or in the ocean.

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The eternal battle: Office temperatures


As winter draws ever closer, the annual argument breaks out yet again – what is the perfect office temperature? Some office members will sit huddled under blankets and heaters, shivering, whilst other office members complain that the heating is driving them to distraction. There’s an obvious divide to the preferred office temperature, and it is a gender divide.

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The Gender Pay Gap legislation : How will this affect the facilities management industry?

Unequal pay

As of April 2017, all companies with over 250 employees must publish their gender pay gap within the next year. This will affect 9000 companies, employing 15million people. But what do we mean by a gender pay gap? And how will this procedure work, in practice? Never fear, in today’s blog, we’re sharing all you need to know about the gender pay gap legislation.

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Attracting and retaining Millennial Facilities Managers

Millennials at work

Here at The Watercooler Today, we are keen on keeping up with the latest trends and changes in the Facility Management World. That’s why today, we’re considering the newest emerging force of Facility Manager, the Millennial. By 2025, Millennials will account for 75% of facilities managers. This seismic change will bring about transformative shifts in working styles, preferences, and principles throughout the industry, that is why it is so important to take the time now to understand this newest cohort.

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Choosing your office coffee beans

Office coffee


In the UK, we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee per day. Considering we spend 22% of our time in the workplace, we can safely assume that a large percentage of our coffee intake occurs there. But do we know the quality of the coffee we consume there, or if it is best suited to our workplace needs? Today, we’re going to be discussing how to choose the perfect coffee beans for your office or workplace

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The Open Plan Office – Yay or Nay?

Open plan office

On average, we spend 33% of our working day in the office. With so much time spent at our desk, the position, structure, and layout of the office we find ourselves can have a massive impact on our mood, productivity, and wellbeing. Today, we’re discussing the effect of the popular, open plan office.

Not sure what an open plan office is? With nearly 70% of offices adopting an open plan layout, chances are you’re reading this in one right now. An open plan office is the term used in architectural and interior design for a floor plan which utilises large, open spaces, and minimises the usage of private offices.

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