We start this month with the YouGov and Bank of Scotland happiness survey which has received a fair amount of press attention in the last month. It seems if you want to be happy with your work then you need to be employed in the arts, entertainment and recreation, work part time from home and be living in the Highlands and Islands. However, the good news is that overall people are happier in the work place this year than they were last year.
On a list of those people unhappy with their workplace might include the Asda workers who have over 7000 outstanding equal pay claims against the company, with an estimated value of over £100million. Still, they received some good news towards the end of October when the Manchester Employment Tribunal ruled that (the mostly-female) workers in Asda stores could validly compare themselves (and their contractual terms, pay and benefits) with the (mostly male) staff working in the company's depots for the purposes of their equal pay claims.
Do you think that being a bit late to work every now and then isn't really anything to worry about? It appears civil servants in Dubai thought that was OK too, but a morning spot check of desks by Sheikh Mohammed will be making them think again. According to local press in Dubai nine senior officials have been ordered to "retire" following Sheikh Mohammed's visit which found offices empty.
It is perhaps fortunate for many British workers that they don't work for the Sheikh - it has been reported in a recent survey that over their career the average British worker will be late 1,026 times. The survey also reports that that same worker will drink 24,648 cups of tea and fall out with colleagues 479 times. Perhaps it is the level of frustration that kicks in when there is an IT failure in the office, but the survey also says that the average worker will contend with 1,176 technological problems!
Cadburys has also been in the news this month with reports that they have insured the taste buds of one of their chocolate experts for £1million. The employee works as part of the innovation team who create new flavours for the brand. Whether or not this employee was involved in the decision to replace the UK chocolate used for cream eggs with the cheaper US version - which caused a furore amongst cream egg fans at the time - has not been confirmed!
And finally, after Sam Allardyce managed 67 days in his job as England manager test your knowledge of others who didn't last long in their jobs.