HR Strange But True!
May 15, 2008

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":

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).

  5. 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

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