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October 14, 2021

No shortage of pet peeves around the office: study

If hell really is other people, particularly those that are pigs, then the fact that one of the top complaints among professionals is dirty shared microwaves or refrigerators won't come as much of a surprise.

AdThat's one of the findings of an admittedly non-scientific survey conducted by LinkedIn, a high-profile social network for professionals, to find just what gets under office workers' skins.

To undercover these irritants, the study polled over 17,000 LinkedIn users in 16 countries, including 1,228 in Canada.

Other top pet peeves include:

1. People who don’t take ownership of their actions

2. Constant complainers

4. Boring meetings that start late or go way too long

5. People who consistently seem to miss your email

Among this group, 78% said they were driven to distraction by those who refused to hold themselves to account or own up to mistakes – the top issue in every country, LinkedIn found.

Out of 16 countries surveyed, Canadians ranked fifth in terms of the number of pet peeves among the 38 choices.

Americans are more peeved than those in other countries when it comes to taking food from the refrigerator that isn’t yours, it seems. 65% of respondents pegged it as a significant office annoyance, versus 52% worldwide.

But not all pet-peeves are equal when it comes to gender, the survey suggests. Women reported being more annoyed than men by “clothing that’s too revealing for the workplace.” That bothered only 29% of the men surveyed, but 62% of women.

What's your biggest complaint when it comes to coworkers? What have you done to improve the situation?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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