Office Managers Happy to Muck In and Change Printer Toner Cartridges
Managers are now more willing to help undertake tasks like changing the office printer ink cartridge or stocking up a printer with more paper. According to recent research undertaken by Lexmark, almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of European office managers are performing more menial tasks to try to help their companies.
In a survey of 514 staff in management positions across Europe, the most common chores bosses are now doing include filling the printer or photocopier up with paper (24 per cent), answering the phone (24 per cent), and making tea and coffee (17 per cent).
Some 12 per cent are commonly changing printer toner (12 per cent) and placing the stationery order (7 per cent). The main reason suggested for this was that given staff reductions there were simpler fewer people to cover all the necessary tasks (37 per cent).
"In the current economic climate, there seems to be a real sense of staff working together to help their organisations through these difficult times," said Steve Purdy, country general manager, Lexmark UK. "Senior managers are increasingly getting involved in more of the day-to-day administration within their offices, but few resent this. Many see it as a necessity to support their business in a bid to better control costs," he added.
Last month (October 26th), Lexmark announced the transition of its chief executive officer; Paul Rooke will replace Paul J. Curlander.
Posted by Johnny McMaster.