And so with a sprinkling of rain, a flicker of elusive sunshine and, oh, a splash of everything else, another summer draws to a close. Students are heading back to school or university. Workers are getting back to work. Everyone is returning to the routine.
Off to a meeting. Late for a meeting. Stuck in a meeting. Minutes of a meeting. Our working lives are ruled by meetings: one after another, day after day, calendars and schedules and agendas all filled to the brim with times and dates of meetings.
A few months back we carried out some research with our client Viking, Ireland’s leading office supplier, which found a sharp rise in the number of people working from home.
The American novelist Elmore Leonard died on 20 August last year, at the grand old age of 87. He began his career as an advertising copywriter in the 1920s before moving into fiction, first writing a series of western novels and then finding his true calling – and his unique voice – in the crime genre.
A survey by leading office supplier Viking has found that Tuesday is the most productive day of the week in Irish workplaces while Friday is the least productive day, with 62% of respondents admitting that they start winding down when the weekend is just around the corner.
A recent survey found that more small firms will be putting on a Christmas party for employees this year, however almost 1 in 3 SMEs has admitted they will also be busier than ever this festive season as they try to generate extra revenue before the year’s end.