It's National Office Week (the first ever) this week in the United Kingdom. The stated purpose of this promotion is "Make Office Life Gorgeous! " according to a press release that crossed the HR Strange but True! news desk.
The "100 Gorgeous Giveaways a Day" that English office managers and purchasing agents can win during this celebration include office makeovers, bouquets of flowers, "hampers" of food, hair stylings, use of Ferraris for a day, and coupons for office supplies. There is also a live concert to cap off the week.
The release also contained some strange, but true, facts about workplaces, all deemed "according to National Office Week research":
- The word "office" as in National Office Week, derives from "in the offing", which was used to describe a ship visible at sea off the land. Such a ship is often approaching port, hence the phrase is used to mean about to dock, about to happen or likely to take place. Hence the office is a place where things are expected to happen.
- Research conducted by National Office Week has proven that a BIC ballpoint pen can draw a line up to 3 kilometers (9,820 feet) long.
- The world's first highlighter, the Stabilo, was first sold in1971 while the crew of Apollo 15 was landing on the moon, according to National Office Week.
- London has the most expensive office occupancy costs in the world, with one square meter of prime space in London's West End costing
€2,277 ($3,506) a year. In second place is Hong Kong , at €1,745 ($2,687).
- The tallest office building in the world is the Taipei 101 in China , with the 2 Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpar occupying second and third place. The Sears Building in Chicago is fourth.
National Office Week is sponsored by Basildon Bond, BIC, Data Copy, Leitz, Marks & Spencer Lunchtogo, Motif, Rapid, Sharpie, and STABILO.
Source: National Office Week