Ever suspect that the petty grievances, rivalries and concerns of the Dunder Mifflin employees portrayed on the faux documentary TV show The Office were not too far from reality? Well, to judge from the results of a recent survey of top workplace annoyances, you'd be right.
Cubicle-land, in fact, is rife with simmering animosity and resentment over, oh, someone's penchant for leaving dirty silverware in the kitchen sink.
The survey, conducted by market researcher Opinium , which surveyed 1,836 employees in the UK, pinpointed the ten things that employees find most irritating. Some responses included: "Slow computers" (36 percent), "Small talk/gossip in the office" (19 percent), and "People talking loudly on the phone" (18 percent). The top annoyance: "Grumpy or moody colleagues" (37 percent).
OK. So, you can see how those could be annoying. And, in this time of stress and over-work, it's hard not to be a grumpy or moody colleague at least some of the time.
But what about "Too much health and safety in the workplace" (16 percent)? Would that mean a surfeit of useless fire drills? Or too few choices of delicious chips in the snack machine? And what about "Poor toilet etiquette" (16 percent) or "People not tidying up after themselves in the kitchen" (15 percent)? Are employees really that sloppy or are there too many (15 percent of the office, I guess) who are maybe too neat?
Number four irritation was "The use of office jargon or management-speak" (18 percent). And, as it happens, the survey also asked respondents for the most annoying jargon. Heading the list were: "Thinking outside the box" (21 percent), "Let's touch base" (20 percent--That's the fingernails on the chalk board winner for me), and "Blue sky thinking" (19 percent).
Seems nearly two-thirds of respondents said these office irritations had increased their stress levels. One in ten, I kid you not, left a job because of at least one of them.
Well, at least now you've got that on your radar (13 percent).
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