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February 28, 2014

Also in the news this week – 28 February 2014

Revealed: the top reasons for office rows

British workers will be involved in more than 4,000 office rows during their working life, according to a new study by LondonOffices.com. The survey found that the average office worker got into 1.8 confrontations per week with colleagues. 78% said personality clashes were the main reason for conflict, closely followed by differences in professional opinion for 75%. Resentment over tea and coffee making caused conflict for 41% of office workers.

Positive signs of growth continue

The CBI Growth Indicator has revealed that UK growth is rising at unprecedented levels. The survey of 639 respondents across manufacturing, retail and services registered the fastest growth in output volumes (+32%) since the CBI's records began in late 2003. Growth was broad-based and slightly faster than the three months to January (+30%). Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, said: "The recovery is gaining real momentum and the surge in confidence among firms for the next quarter suggests the recovery will continue to gain traction." In addition, a new survey by accountancy group Monahans has found that 40% of SMEs expect their business to grow over the coming year.

Innovation and exporting are top growth strategies

The top growth plans for small businesses in 2014 have been highlighted in a new survey by affiliate network Paid On Results. 31% said they were planning to diversify their product or service offering. 28% had plans to expand into overseas markets and 22% intended to invest in affiliate marketing. Other growth plans included investment in SEO (19%), advertising (19%), PR (4%) and recruitment and training (11%). Just 15% were seeking funding from investors while 8% planned to cut costs.

Workplace snacking scuppers diets

Over a quarter (27%) of diets fail because of workplace snacking according to research by Fruyo. Eating "al desko" is certainly popular – with over a third of snacking occurring at work. Unhealthy snacks reign supreme, with the top three items being cookies (37%), chocolate (32%) and crisps (30%). Healthy choices, such as fresh fruit (23%), low fat yoghurt (6%) and crackers (2%) lag behind. Respondents' reasons for snacking include boredom (41%), the urge for an unhealthy treat (31%), lack of energy (26%), and stress (20%). Overall, marketing professionals are most likely to be unhealthy snackers while lawyers are the least likely to indulge.