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. Chewsygum.com 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%|
|Having a messy desk space||36%|
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, Chewsygum.com 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?
Does the state of the workspace of the person next to you affect you?
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%|
Which of these do you hate hearing most: