Snippets – Feb : Apr 2018

After work drinks

A recent study found that up to one in five office workers enjoy going for a drink with co-workers at least once a month.

This begs the questions as to whether after-work drinks are good for a person’s career. Although there is clearly no direct link, there can be undeniable benefits to socialising with co-workers outside work hours. Although it may seem like an extension of the work day, do not underestimate the value of staying for a drink, even if just one.

The study found 82% of people relished the chance to bond with teammates, whilst 11% of those questioned stated that their reason for attending was to spend time with and get to know their boss in a not so serious environment.

Not a drinker? Well, that’s fine! There are no rules that say you have to drink alcohol, grab a non-alcoholic drink and enjoy the time spent with co-workers.

A more casual atmosphere can allow colleagues to get to know each other better. But remember to keep it professional, you do not want to be the talk of the office for the wrong reason. Have fun but know your limits. It can be your chance to make an impression on co-workers, but make sure it is a positive one.

 

Auckland Transport

Filling up the tank in Auckland will soon cost more than the rest of the country.

A 10 cent per litre petrol tax is expected to be in place by July 1st. The tax will be added to the price of petrol and is hoped to contribute 10% towards Labour’s $15 billion 10-year Auckland transport programme.

It is intended that the money raised will fund a rail link from Auckland CBD to the airport, West Auckland and along other key Auckland roads, as well as new busways, bike paths and roads. It will also contribute to the cost of a rail network between Hamilton and Auckland. In addition to improving transport, it is hoped that the anticipated traffic decongestion will allow for more intensive housing development around transport hubs, bringing economics benefits to those areas.

Most people agree that change is needed to fix Auckland’s traffic problems and a fuel tax is a straightforward way to raise the much needed funds. The tax might help decrease congestion and make Auckland’s dire public transport move into the 21st century, which is long overdue.

 

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