Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Take a minute, take a deep breath & force a smile

Grumpy or moody colleagues annoy UK office workers the most

Are you grumpy at work? Do you spend most of your day gossiping about colleagues? Did you know that these office traits may have forced an ex-colleague to look for a new job?

Grumpy colleagues, slow computers, gossip and office jargon are all commonplace in most UK offices, but these are the daily occurrences that annoy and stress out office workers the most according to a survey out today from Opinium Research.*

The top 10 UK office annoyances are:

1. Grumpy or moody colleagues (37%)
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%)

These office aggravations are so severe for some that they increase stress levels for two in three (62 per cent) people, and one in 10 (11 per cent) office workers have left a job because of overwhelming irritations.
A further two-fifths (19 per cent) say they would consider moving jobs due to workplace annoyances.

James Endersby, Managing Director of Opinium Research, comments, “These annoyances will ring a bell with most people who have experienced office life.
It’s amazing to see how much of an effect they can have, with a significant amount of people saying that these irritations make them more stressed or even cause them to leave their jobs.”


  1. I definitely am with the #2 annoyance - I can't stand a slow computer! Also, a quick question: how come thoese %'s don't add up to 100%? Or did people get more than 1 vote?