Never having to make a tea round and other sure signs you’re a success at work

Flying first class on business trips, never having to contribute to the tea round, and having your name on the office door are among the signs of success in the workplace, it has emerged.

A poll of 2,000 office workers found one in four also believe being asked about important business decisions means you’ve made it along with choosing when to work from home, someone else buying your lunch for you, and having a key to the office.

Other signs you're doing well in your career include approving your own expenses, being the person the boss confides in, or no-one raising an eyebrow if you arrive to work a little late each day.

Your own car parking space, a healthy work-life balance and getting 35 days of annual leave a year are also signs of success.

And having someone on hand to screen your calls, a generous bonus, and having an executive-style chair also featured in the top 50.

Geoffrey Dennis, chief executive of animal charity SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries, said: “It seems many people believe that climbing the career ladder will lead to a world of perks – and some are desperate to be seen as having ‘made it.’

“But while some people clearly get to enjoy luxuries and other advantages in the workplace, like corporate hospitality, it’s a very different story for working animals overseas.

"These animals undertake gruelling work, carrying backbreaking loads in terrible conditions – a world away from promotions, bonuses and other benefits.”

The study found one in five people in Britain believe having a say in hiring and firing decisions is a sign you’re on the up at your workplace, while 20 per cent think having your own personal secretary or assistant means you’re doing well.

And the average worker believes a salary of £78,431 is a sign you have achieved the ultimate career success.

On average, workers currently get 25 days of annual leave a year, excluding bank holidays – but would consider themselves at the top of their profession if they could have nine more.

Success would also see them managing a team of 15 people, and going on two company golf or leisure days each month.

They would be able to put a whopping £583 a month on expenses and go on six business trips abroad each year.

And for six days of every month they’d be able to work ‘flexibly’, working from home or from a coffee shop or external site.

A fifth believe a healthy pension pot is a key sign you’re successful in the workplace, while others say material possessions such as a company car and new IT equipment are all indicative of a job well done.

It also emerged four in 10 believe you need to be your own boss to have achieved ultimate career success.

But on average, Brits hope to have reached the top of their game at the ripe old age of 41.

Geoffrey Dennis of SPANA added: “There’s nothing wrong with striving to achieve success at work and it’s always good to have something to aim for.

“However, when it comes to landing bonuses and ‘work perks’, it’s important to keep perspective.

"Even if people here aren’t in their dream jobs, most employees have reasonable working conditions, are content in their roles and have job security – unlike working animals in the world’s poorest countries.

“These working horses, donkeys, camels and other animals often lead short, painful lives and their welfare is neglected.

"SPANA is working to ensure that working animals have access to vital veterinary care when they are sick or injured, as well as educating owners about how to best care for their animals, which they depend on so greatly.”


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