Top 10 habits your co-workers hate

Your work environment and the people you work with can make all the difference to how productive you are on a day to day basis. And as the year draws to a close it’s a great time to reflect on what habits and characteristics of behaviour we want to carry into the new year. decided to conduct a survey asking 1,782 people about their colleague’s worst habits in the workplace!

Loud / open mouth chewing 70%
Being a source of strong smells (food, B.O, too much cologne / perfume) 68%
Coughing / sneezing / sniffling 48%
Rhythmic tapping 43%
Loud music 42%
Having a messy desk space 36%
Loud breathing 32%
Cutlery clinking 27%
Loud typing 26%
Being antisocial 16%

Habits Brits want to leave behind in 2019:

Loud / open mouth chewing came in first place with 70% of people saying that this is the thing that they hate their co-worker doing the most.

Having a messy desk is something 36% of participants dislike, although it wasn’t what they found most annoying. However, 65% of participants said that when their co-worker has a messy desk it distracts them. 42% said they hate it when their co-worker plays their music too loud but only 1 in 4 ask them to turn it down, 48% said they play their own music to drown it out, whilst 27% just ignore it.

“Strong smells” irritate 68% of British workers the most. This covered everything from bringing in smelly foods, having body odour and wearing too much perfume / cologne. The two foods that participants hate smelling the most were fish and eggs.

Interestingly, only 16% dislike it when the person they are working with doesn’t make attempts to be social. However, fond that a whopping 74% of participants believe their co-worker should be social.

Survey questions and answers:

What foods do you hate the smell of most?

Top 3 Foods Listed

Do you believe people should be social at work?

Yes 74%
No 26%

Does the state of the workspace of the person next to you affect you?

Yes 65%
No 35%

When your colleague’s music is loud do you:

Tell them to turn it down 25%
Play your own music to drown it out 48%
Ignore it 27%

Which of these do you hate hearing most:

Coughing 21%
Sneezing 16%
Sniffling 64%

Author: Editorial Team

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