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Office politics saps morale.

THE main cause of a bad day at work is a negative atmosphere in the office, according to researchers.

They found boring work, being taken for granted and having to deal with angry customers also affected the working day. But the study showed the main cause was a negative atmosphere, often caused by office politics.Women were more likely to complain about the problem.

The survey was carried out by Best Companies, who promote employee engagement. Chief executive Jonathan Austin said managers should try to carefully manage those workers who could be bad apples.

He said:"It's important to ensure people are motivated about their work so set objectives carefully and look for ways to give people work they find interesting.

"Simply saying 'thank you' will go a long way to ensuring that people don't feel taken for granted.

"Appreciation is crucial to create and maintain a good atmosphere in the office and keep staff motivated."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 28, 2009
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