The sandwich index points to tough times

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The sandwich index points to tough times

Now and again a press release floats across the desk that grabs the attention for no other reason than humour when perhaps it is intended to stir deeper and more serious passions.

Take for example the research from office design company Maris Interiors that shows 80% of employees think the quality of sandwiches at their business meetings has fallen.

Poor people. It's been years since sandwiches were offered at our meetings and it causes a wry smile rather than a shaken fist when you read that back in the good old days staff could expect crayfish and avocado but now it's cheese and pickle.

Maris Interiors' Chairman Michael Howard said: "It's a sign of these austere times that companies are spending much less on sandwiches in the boardroom. It's certainly a sensible way to cut costs, but be careful not to overdo it: you won't impress a client with jam sandwiches."

Note to self: it might not impress too many people talking about the quality of sandwiches full stop. However if you want the meeting to end quickly then bring it up and wax lyrical about the days of crayfish and avocado.

This was first published in February 2011

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