LinkedIn: S'pore workers dislike people who don't take accountability

Dirty common areas and whiners also among top pet peeves of 1,000 Singapore LinkedIn users polled on their views of things that irk them in the office, reveals executive social network.

SINGAPORE--Professionals here are an angry lot, having the second most pet peeves in the office where they are irked by colleagues who skirt around taking responsibility for their actions.

According to a survey released Thursday by executive social network LinkedIn, Singapore professionals indicated they were most infuriated over people who did not take accountability for their actions. Filthy common areas such as dirty microwaves and constant whiners were listed next, respectively, as their top pet peeves in the office.

The global survey polled 1,000 professionals in Singapore, who emerged to have the second most number of pet peeves, behind India, while the Italians had the least number.

Worldwide, the LinkedIn respondents expressed the same frustration over professionals who did not take responsibility for their actions--the No. 1 pet peeve selected by 78 percent of over 17,000 surveyed globally.

There were, however, differences between the countries and gender surveyed, LinkedIn noted. Some 57 percent of Singaporean female professionals, for instance, were bothered by "clothing that was too revealing for the workplace", but only 29 percent of their male counterparts felt likewise.

And Americans were more irritated, compared to the other nationalities, by colleagues who hijacked other people's food from the office refrigerator, while Brazilians were most annoyed by excessive office gossip.

The LinkedIn survey also revealed that, compared to their global counterparts, Indians were most bothered by mobile phone ringtones and Japanese expressed the highest distaste for office pranks.

Job seekers in Singapore should also take heed that 74 percent of hiring managers were annoyed when candidates showed up late for meetings.

"Some of the seemingly harmless workplace habits, such as people not taking ownership for actions can result in conflicts in the workplace," Chan Ngee Key, career coach and Strategist at YourOwn360, said in the press release. "Most of these can be easily resolved. For example, taking ownership is not just about doing your task well, but also about ensuring that your whole team works collaboratively."

Survey respondents were from countries that included Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom. LinkedIn currently has a network of over 120 million members across the globe.