By Zoë Ruderman
A coworker who messes up then doesn't fess up is officially the most obnoxious type of office behavior. At least according to a recent survey from LinkedIn. They asked 17,000 employees around the world to share the actions that drive them "up the cubicle wall". And here are the top five:
5. People who don't respond to emails.
4. Starting meetings late or going long.
3. Dirty common areas.
2. Constant complainers.
1. People not taking ownership for their actions.
Wondering why "that woman who always steals my yogurt from the fridge" isn't on the list? We were too, especially considering that scenario comes up in just about every single TV show and movie taking place in an office. Well, this was a global survey and it turns out that people in other countries care less about a missing snack. (Either that or it just doesn't happen as frequently in other countries.) Only one in two people worldwide listed "taking food from the refrigerator that isn't yours" as a pet peeve; whereas in the U.S., 65 percent of workers did.
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But before you go assuming the grass is always greener (and the workplace always better), consider these stats: In Japan 40 percent of those surveyed said office pranks are a major problem, compared to the global average of 18 percent. And three-quarters of Indian employees complained about loud or irritating ringtones, while in the rest of the world, just half of people said ringtones are a pet peeve. Uh, even half seems like an awfully high number. Who are these people who've never heard of vibrate?
The other piece of data we found particularly interesting: 63 percent of workers said "excessive gossiping" is an issue where they work. If you're guilty of this behavior, follow this genius piece that Cosmo's Editor in Chief Kate White once gave on her Cosmo Radio "Fun Fearless Question of the Week" segment. A listener who was new to a job said that it seemed like gossiping was the only way to get in with her new coworkers. But she knew gossiping wasn't a smart idea. Kate told her that one trick is to gossip, but about celebs rather than people around the office. Say something like, "Can you believe how Ashton responded to the cheating rumors on Twitter? Could you ever imagine a guy doing that?". It'll let your coworkers know you're not some stuck-up colleague who only talks about work, but won't risk you getting in trouble-or earning the title of Water Cool Loose Lips.
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Do you find gossip is a problem in your office? Be honest: Do you participate?
What is your number one work pet peeve? Share it below and we may include it in an upcoming post.
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