Office etiquette: Survey reveals employees' biggest pet peeves

| Print |  Email
Thursday, June 01, 2006

{safe_alt_text}

Ever wonder why Harry hates coworker Sally? A recent survey of 2,318 employees conducted by Randstad USA gives us a few clues as to what really bugs us a work.

A condescending tone was the biggest pet peeve, according to 44% of those surveyed. Who can blame them? What’s more hurtful than dealing with a snotty remark? Well, getting a public reprimand is right up there, too, according to 37% of the respondents. (Hello? What management school are bosses attending these days?)

And close behind are the loud talkers and ringing cell phones in the office, which a third of the respondents said drove them nuts. We know you like death metal music, but in the interest of office harmony, does it really have to be your ring tone? And maybe you could chew out your client where we can’t hear you? Let’s give peace a chance.

For the full survey go to http://us.randstad. com/webapp/internet/servlet/News. Find out how many workers take a lunch break and what they think of profanity. Pay attention, dang it!

Robin Doussard

Comments? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

Sun set

June 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

The right sunglasses can protect your eyes and look cool at the same time. This being the 21st century, select shades are socially conscious, too. Portland brand Shwood uses wood and other natural materials and manufactures locally. Founded by Ann Sacks, the brand Fetch dedicates a portion of its profits to animal welfare. But whether you choose classic tortiseshell or aviator chic, please, shed the sunglasses when you walk in the door — and, of course, at night. 


Read more...

6 key things to know about summer baseball in Oregon

The Latest
Friday, June 05, 2015
basedthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

As temperatures in Oregon creep into the 90s this weekend, Oregonians' thoughts are turning to — summer baseball.


Read more...

Intrepid reporter checks out ZoomCare rebrand

The Latest
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
dentistthumbPHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Like all good journalists, OB editorial staff typically eschew freebies. But health care costs being what they are, digital news editor Jacob Palmer couldn't resist ZoomCare's offer of a three-in-one (cleaning, exam, whitening) dental office visit, guaranteed to take no more than 57 minutes. 


Read more...

No Boundaries

June 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Floor plans embrace the great wide open.


Read more...

Marijuana law ushers in new business age

The Latest
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
062315panelthumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

Oregon’s new marijuana law is expected to lead to a bevy of new business opportunities for the state. And not just for growers. Law firms, HR consultants, energy efficiency companies and many others are expected to benefit from the decriminalization of pot, according to panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast meeting on Tuesday.


Read more...

Credit Unions Perspective

June 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation with Gene Pelham, CEO of Rogue Credit Union.


Read more...

5 things to know about veterans in the workforce

The Latest
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
070215-vetsthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

There are more than 10 million former military members working in the United States.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS