First class travel and having your name on your office door among signs of workplace success, survey reveals

FLYING first class and and having your name on the office door are among the signs of success in the workplace, according to a new survey.

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.

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.

Geoffrey Dennis, chief executive of animal charity SPANA, 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 Brits believe having a say in hiring and firing decisions is a sign you’re on the up at your workplace.

And 20 per cent think having your own personal secretary or assistant means you’re doing well.

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

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


  • People ask for your opinion on important decisions
  • You have your own office
  • A good work-life balance
  • You can take 35 or more days annual leave a year
  • An excellent pension
  • People ask your advice on a daily basis
  • You have influence over hiring and firing decisions
  • You have your own personal PA / secretary
  • You're invited to management / board meetings
  • You can choose when you work from home
  • Flexible working hours
  • You manage a team of more than 10 people
  • You have a designated parking space
  • You fly business or first class when you travel for work
  • You can be your own boss
  • You can delegate anything you don't want to do
  • You are invited to join senior management for regular lunches and trips to the pub
  • You are the person the boss confides in daily
  • You have a company car
  • You can quit and still be welcomed back if you want to return
  • You are on a bonus scheme
  • You take international trips for business
  • You have a company credit card
  • You have your name on the door of your office
  • You sign off your own expenses
  • Private healthcare for you and your family members
  • No one questions how you do something or why you did it
  • You have a key to the office
  • You constantly receive thanks for all your efforts
  • There is someone to screen your calls
  • No one raises an eyebrow if you turn up to work a little bit late each day
  • You get taken out to spa days / golf days
  • People ask you questions about things that are nothing to do with you
  • No one expects you to make a tea round
  • You leave work on time every day
  • You can choose your own dress code
  • You always have your hotel paid for on a work night out
  • Having your awards / qualifications framed on your wall
  • You've got a large executive-style office chair
  • You're always first to get new IT equipment
  • You can go out for long boozy lunches, and not return to the office
  • You have your own special work station
  • You need lots of people to help manage your workload when you have time off
  • You have someone to go out and fetch you lunch
  • Having an armchair or sofa in your office
  • You get rewarded with drinks / time off etc if you do well
  • Leisure discounts
  • You've been given a nickname by the CEO/head of the company
  • You have a corporate gym membership
  • You don't have to go into work on your birthday

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.

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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