What annoys you at work?

Research has revealed the main causes of office disputes, with gossiping colleagues coming top of the list. 34% of office workers cited gossiping about co-worers and management as the leading reason for arguments and disruption in the office. 31% ranked loud colleagues as the main factor in arguments followed by messy workers (27%), theft (26%) and lateness (26%).

The report asked 1,500 employees what annoyed them and found that sandwiches and mugs being stolen was actually more infuriating for office workers than colleagues being unfairly promoted.

Managers have a responsibility to manage office disputes and these should be resolved before they become a full blown argument. Policies stipulating intolerance of issues such as “fridge theft” should be clear to all staff!

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