A survey of 2,000 British office workers found the usual suspects and more:
- colleagues talking loudly on the phone
- being copied into pointless e-mails
- arguing about air-conditioning ( battle of the sexes in my experience)
- smelly colleagues
- the phone call 1 minute before the end of the day (as if anyone actually answers those)
- staff being blocked from certain websites by the company (tough, it’s the company’s time you’re wasting doing your on-line shopping or using comparison sites)
- colleagues who booked school holidays too far in advance (blame management or the system that allows it)
- diet bores
- people parking badly in the car park
- colleagues arriving late and leaving early (again management’s fault for not confronting such staff)
- people singing at work
- people who made a drama out of everything
- colleagues who never admit they are wrong (20% of people in survey identified this)
Personally I would include people bringing smelly food into the office, people using other people’s (clean) cups and crockery because they can’t be bothered to wash their own, the people who leave the photocopiers out of paper, and people stealing other people’s food and provisions from the communal fridge.
In this survey only 20% of people said they had actually confronted their colleagues and then only in a jokey way (a clear case for assertiveness training I think).
More seriously the people in the survey were fed up with heavy workloads, not being appreciated, and poor wages.
The recession meant that many people who would have moved jobs if treated badly had to stay put. Now the recession is officially over that may change, certainly surveys asking about intent to move in the last few years suggest that night be the case.
Some of these complaints are down to poor management or managers without the skills to deal with these issues before they become a problem.
Not being appreciated is one of the negative aspects of work. Saying thank you doesn’t cost a lot after all.