What Japanese would do when alone in the office


Here’s a fun survey from goo Ranking, looking at what people would want to do if alone in the office.


Between the 23rd and 26th of March 2011 1,070 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-base questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 13.1% in their twenties, 24.7% in their thirties, 23.7% in their forties, 13.3% in their fifties, and 15.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

The UK Trades Union Congress once published a warning about not photocopying your bum.

Here’s someone mucking about with a photocopier and his face:

Messing with my Boss

Ranking result

Q: What would you want to try once if you were alone in the office? (Sample size=1,070)

Rank Score
1Sit in the director’s chair100
2Ride an office chair down the corridors64.8
3Photocopy my bum or other bodily parts43.0
4Watch a movie on the projector41.4
5Change everyone’s wallpaper36.7
6Write graffiti on the whiteboard34.4
7Put music on full blast and dance32.8
8Fiddle with a hated boss’s monitor22.7
9Eat a lot of smelly food18.8
10Set up dominos and knock them all over14.1
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  1. anon said,
    May 9, 2011 @ 04:34

    I can’t believe it’s real. Which kind of frustrated people would want to do such childish stuff? Does sitting on their manager’s chairs make them feel important? That’s so sad.

  2. David said,
    May 9, 2011 @ 13:17

    @anon: You never had a crappy job?

    I do #1 all the time when working on his computer. It’s funny looking at the expressions as people come into the office and see me in the big chair.

  3. Jessica said,
    May 9, 2011 @ 14:04

    Done all of these but the dominoes.
    It is good to smile at the office.
    So, if you’re alone, perhaps it’s not too bad to try.

  4. samuel welsh said,
    May 16, 2011 @ 21:51

    thats kinda cool

  5. Lurker said,
    July 24, 2011 @ 21:38

    I remember #1 with the teacher’s chair/desk in school!

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