STEVE POWER: Are you '˜wellie' enough to work?
New research shows that the number of workers who are taking sick days off for coughs and colds have fallen once again, due to concerns over job security and letting other colleagues down.
This made me think that we need to add a new word in our dictionary. We already have the word ′sickie′, which describes a day off from work that we take when we’re either ill, or pretending to be ill.
So this new word needs to describe the act of going into work when we’re genuinely too ill to be at work. I think this new term should be ′wellie′, but that’s been taken already for footwear. Any other suggestions?
o According to new research, searching for what to watch on TV wastes a year of your life, as viewers spend an average of 23 minutes a day making their choice. Here’s a breakdown of what viewers do in those 23 minutes.
1) Two minutes flipping through the on-screen TV guide;
2) One minute putting reminders in to your Sky Plus or Tivo Box;
3) Twenty minutes spent trying to find where you put the remote.
o Apparently the salad drawer of your fridge can actually be one of the dirtiest places in the kitchen, harbouring deadly bugs such as E. coli and Listeria at levels up to 750 times more than the level considered safe.
I can’t help but be surprised by this given how rarely I open my fridge salad drawer.
I’m surprised any germs can actually get into it!
o Do you ever get fed up with using your supermarket store card at the till and then getting little bits of paper with your receipt, containing offers that are just far too specific?
For instance I used mine at a supermarket the other day and I got a voucher offering me 40 pence off yoghurt.
But it wasn’t just any yoghurt, it had to be a certain brand of yoghurt.
I don’t wish to moan, but the supermarkets make hundreds of millions of pounds in profit so couldn’t they just offer me 40 pence off all kinds of yoghurt?