What drives you crazy at the office? Is it that co-worker that talks too loud, an ancient computer that takes way too long to do anything, or maybe it’s the food smells always coming from the next cubicle over?
A recent survey found on www.reuters.com shows that nearly two-thirds of office workers surveyed said their stress levels had been increased by office irritations and one in 10 had left a job because of them!
The survey found the Top 10 office annoyances were:
1. Grumpy or moody colleagues (37 percent)
2. Slow computers (36)
3. Small talk/gossip in the office (19)
4. The use of office jargon or management-speak (18)
5. People speaking loudly on the phone (18)
6. Too much health and safety in the work place (16)
7. Poor toilet etiquette (16)
8. People not turning up for meetings on time or at all (16)
9. People not tidying up after themselves in the kitchen (15)
10.Too cold/ cold air conditioning (15)
Eeek… I have had the opportunity to deal with many of these disturbances in the office! Most of these annoyances are hard to ignore and they just keep building up day after day. It is no fun to have to wrap up in your sweater in the middle of July because the air conditioner is too cold, or even better, not be able to eat your lunch in the lunchroom for fear of catching a disease from the mess left by co-workers.
The survey also addressed the most annoying jargon used by management. I had to chuckle at a few of these! What happened to the days when a boss or manager just communicated the old fashion way? It’s nice to know that you are sure about what management is trying to say instead of almost sure of what they mean.
The most annoying jargon:
1. Thinking outside the box (21 percent)
2. Let’s touch base (20)
3. Blue sky thinking (19)
4. Blamestorming (16) (sitting down and working out whose fault something is)
5. Drill down to a more granular level (15) (Look into something in more detail)
6. Let’s not throw pies in the dark (15) (we need a plan rather than a haphazard approach)
7. I’ve got that on my radar (13)
8. Push the envelope (12)
9. Bring your A-game (11) (Be ready to do something to best of ability)
10. Get all your ducks in a row (11)
If you are currently suffering or have suffered through any of these annoyances in the past, my heart goes out to you. Sometimes it’s hard enough to just get yourself to work, let alone have to deal with the annoying habits of others.