No employee would argue against the importance of a positive work environment. But, according to a recent survey by the London commercial real estate firm Savoy Stewart, it seems that cultivating copacetic office relationships has an actual monetary value attached. Nearly 1,600 American office workers took part in the survey, which was commissioned to unveil which office faux-pas were reprehensible enough to warrant a ‘fee’ – and the approximate dollar amount they would set for each misdemeanor.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the transgression that the majority (79%) of participants listed as a finable offense was ‘Not meeting an agreed/set deadline’:
Percentage of office workers who would fine their colleagues: 79%
Average fine office workers would charge for each offense: $28
Following shortly behind on the office ‘no-no’ list was ‘Unnecessarily being rude/offensive’:
Percentage of office workers who would fine their colleagues: 72%
Average fine office workers would charge for each offense: $24
The full list of finable transgressions and their accompanying fees (in USD) can be found here:
If these fines were imposed, the majority of employees would undoubtedly find themselves short-changed. So next time you find yourself more than 5 minutes late to a meeting, be glad there isn’t (currently) a tax on tardiness. Perhaps imagining a price-tag on these offenses will incentivize you to be on your best office behavior.