LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than four million members in Canada, today released data about the top office pet peeves.
The survey uncovered some interesting differences across countries and cultures. For example, Americans get more irritated than other nationals by co-workers taking others’ food from the office refrigerator; Brazilians are the most annoyed of any national group by excessive gossiping; Germans are annoyed by dirty common areas (the community microwave or refrigerator) more than the rest of the world.; Indians reacted more negatively to irritating mobile phone ringtones; and Japanese are more peeved by office pranks than others.
There were also gender differences in the findings. In Canada the office pet peeve that annoyed women more than men was “clothing that's too revealing for the workplace.”—clothing that's too revealing for the workplace bothered only 26 per cent of the men surveyed, but 58 per cent of women were irritated by it.
Regardless of nationality or gender, the number one pet peeve of all professionals (selected by 78 per cent of the more than 17,000 surveyed globally) is “people not taking ownership for their actions.”
Hiring managers in Canada are much more peeved than non-hiring managers by people “showing up late for meetings.”
“In nearly every office there's at least one co-worker whose quirks drive colleagues up the cubicle wall,” said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s Connection Director and best-selling author of the book, “Girl on Top.” “Sometimes the most irritating office offenders don’t even realize that their behavior impacts the rest of their team. It is crucial for you to solve the annoyance before it disrupts your work performance and career.”
The country with the most pet peeves is India and the one with the fewest is Italy. Out of the 16 countries with which LinkedIn conducted research, Canada ranked fifth.
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