LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

Summary: LinkedIn finds out which countries are the most "peeved" at work and identifies what seems to be bothering them so much.

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LinkedIn has gone beyond offering profiles of more than 120 million members worldwide with a new survey that goes inside the office space.

Out of the 16 countries surveyed in the study, it turns out that India is the most peeved as Indian professionals on average checked off 19 of the 38 potential office pet peeves on the report. Italian professionals are the least peeved apparently as the average was 15 out of 38 annoyances.

As for the United States, the biggest pet peeve appears to be "taking food from the refrigerator that isn't yours" with 65 percent of the vote, compared to 52 percent worldwide.

Additionally, 62 percent of U.S. women are bothered by "clothing that's too revealing for the workplace," whereas only 29 percent of U.S. men surveyed said that was a problem. Hmm, shocking.

The number one pet peeve worldwide among all professionals with 78 percent of the more than 17,000 responses is "people not taking ownership for their actions," which arguably deserves the crown and might not be limited to just workplace issues.

LinkedIn connection director and guest blogger offered a few tips towards combating one's pet peeves, including this professional advice:

While peeves can feel petty, your response needs to be anything but. Ideally you want to focus on the behavior and address it in relation to how it’s affecting your performance. No name calling. No you answered your phone in my meeting, I’m bringing my computer to yours. No I’m telling the boss before you’ve had your own tête-à-tête.

What's your biggest office pet peeve?

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  • RE: LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

    from the LinkedIn article
    >> Indians react more negatively to irritating mobile phone ringtones.

    That is because many Indians put crazy Bollywood songs as their ringtones. Add to the fact that there are 22 major languages in India and you don't recognize the song that is being played on your office mate's cellphone because that is in a language that you don't know !
    mKind
    • RE: LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

      @mKind Indian has a very complext cultures inside and it creates problem. Peeved people not survive long. It also blocks the production line. Nice statistics.
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  • Biggest

    Finger pointing instead of looking forward.
    I waste soooooo many hours on projects trying to placate management with data to support their current finger pointing stance.

    Once that is done, then I can finally get on with fixing said issue.

    :O
    rhonin
  • Too much fragrance

    The thing that I find irritating in an office space are the people who use excessive fragrances. Excessive use of fragrence makes me wonder if that person is trying to cover up bad personal hygene or looking for office romance. A little fragrance is OK but excessive is another form of pollution. The worst fragrance is one that reminds me of Raid rose scented insect spray.
    sboverie
    • RE: LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

      @sboverie@...
      I've always found that middle-age - elderly women smell like a cheap fragrance shop, more than any other group -- this is because they've used the same perfume for decades and are desensitised to perfume, particularly that which they use every day.
      the only solution is to leave a discreet, anonymous, non-emotive note on their intray.
      krzyst0ff
  • RE: LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

    My pet peeve has always been ... pet peeves. Get on with life. ;)
    Trep Ford
  • Used to have one

    I used to have a pet peeve, but sadly it died last year.
    Loverock.Davids0n
  • I agree with excessive fragrance.. like incense... ugh go home and do that

    Luckily they banned candles and incense a few years ago, so no worries anymore. We have our own departmental fridge, so violations dont occur. People sometimes trade though.

    I would say my current pet peeve falls inline with my fragrance one, people who use the microwave to cook the most god aweful smelling meals. The who area smells like that crap sometimes.

    Regardless of the complaining i am doing here, its really not that bad, maybe a once a week occurance and i am in and out of the office lately.
    Been_Done_Before
    • pungent cooking smells

      @Been_Done_Before
      we have a policy in our office -- no cooking of food inside the office -- it doesn't stop staff from bringing in greasy, stinky hot food from a take-away/caf??, but that doesn't have the same lasting effect on other staff. ideally, you would have a large, dining area with windows, walled off from the office area.
      krzyst0ff
  • RE: LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

    Chewing Gum.
    trm1945
    • RE: LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

      @trm1945
      Absolutely. It makes people look like a cow chewing grass and the places people put used gum is simply quite disgusting in a great many cases.

      Otherwise people being late and finger pointers who themselves do nothing.
      DOSlover
    • Gum

      @trm1945
      Gum!! seriously??
      do you work in a school or a 7-11? can't imagine anyone but a child / teenager chewing gum at work -- but unless there less than a few feet from you, it shouldn't be too upsetting.
      krzyst0ff
  • RE: LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

    unprofessional behaviour

    ie. in an office environment, (on a construction site, this term would have little meaning) -- commonly this involves highly emotive / aggressive behaviour, such as arguments, shouting, swearing; but it can take more passive-aggressive forms such as abusive emails, excluding / bullying / passing-over-promotions / ignoring certain staff.

    commonly I've found that senior staff are the perpetrators, for obvious reasons, and were this to involve some kind of racial / sexist slurs it could easily be rooted out by anti-discrimination policies, however usually these people are careful not to cross those boundaries so it just goes on and on.
    krzyst0ff
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  • RE: LinkedIn survey reveals biggest office pet peeves worldwide

    Doc has a couple of pet peeves:
    1. People who leave the copy machine either jammed or out of paper.
    2. Coworkers who spend all day on social media sites or reading ZDNet instead of doing their work.
    3. Too many birthday parties with cake. How???s a guy suppose to keep his weight down?
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