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It’s Official: The Most Annoying Office Habits

It’s Official: The Most Annoying Office Habits


It’s Official: The Most Annoying
Office Habits

In the close
confines of an office, finding fault with your colleagues can be unavoidable.
There you are, collating the figures for Jane, when something keeps breaking
your concentration. That’s right – it’s Dave. Again. He’s humming Bond Themes.

Sound familiar
at all? We asked office workers to pick the top 5 things their colleagues do
that they find most annoying. Here are the top twenty most annoying things a
colleague (or if you’re really unlucky, colleagues) do:

the top five annoyances include prolonged breaks and timewasting, a sign that
those who don’t pull their weight can become irksome – especially when you’re
working hard. Productivity can be sapped by finding the printer empty when you
need to use it – accounting for the 27% that find this annoying.

Lunchtime also gets
the office riled up, with over a fifth stating that smelly food annoys them. Stealing
food, however, was one of the least annoying office habits, suggesting that the
days of slapping post-its on anything edible might be a thing of the past.
Perhaps people are too interested in their quinoa and mung bean wraps to want
to nibble anyone else’s lunch.

Contrary to
popular belief, jargon isn’t the most annoying thing to plague our offices. In
fact, it didn’t even make the top ten – something we’ll have to ‘touch base on’
if we revisit this survey in future. Anyway, let’s ‘drill down’ into the rest
of the data…

Bad hygiene is,
and probably always will be, a bad habit in a close-knit office, and 17% say it
regularly annoys them. So, to the coffee breathers and the shoe removers out
there, there’s nothing a tub of mints or a pair of slippers can’t cure!

On the other
hand 15% of people chose to rail against the presence of overly-perfumed
colleagues. Maybe they’re trying to counteract a less pleasant odour? Or maybe
they just like to announce their presence through smell.

We’re renowned,
as a nation, to love a bit of a moan, and these results only reinforce that
stereotype. However, despite our need to vent to others, moaning was voted the
second most annoying office habit, suggesting that maybe we ought to spend a
little extra time correcting issues instead of complaining about them.

revealing is that only 28% of respondents were prepared to try and solve the
problem, with just over a quarter saying they haven’t approached the problem in
order to avoid conflict.

just over 30% of office workers said that the annoyance caused made them to
consider leaving their jobs – with a striking 6.5% having actually followed
through with such a decision. Thankfully, the majority did not consider leaving
their jobs to be an appropriate response however, with 58% stating they “didn’t
think it was that much of a problem”.

What gets you riled up at work? Tell us
what really grinds your gears @Viking_Chat

People that
don’t replace things when they run out were weighted at a whopping 27.5% in the
survey! Don’t be that person, make sure you replace your printer’s
ink and toner when it runs low.

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