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10 worst working habits

Move over David Brent! 

The Office…and TV classic highlighting the joys of the daily grind! Ever had a colleague with working habits that rub you up the wrong way? Here’s what really grinds the nation’s gears – and it doesn’t include the Aston Expressway! 


Number 1: ‘The blame dodger’ 

The clear winner is: ‘The blame dodger’. This person will make a mistake and do everything in their power to deflect the blame. “Someone told me to do it” or “Well, you need to be clearer in how you communicate to me”. The nation are sick of it, ‘blame dodger’, it’s time to tidy up your act. Blame dodgers are particularly irritating to people from the West Midlands and Wales. 


Number 2: Lateness 

Turning up to work 30 minutes after everyone else, coming back from lunch late and still leaving on time at the end of the day – those who display this behaviour are second on the top 10 list of most irritating office behaviours in the UK. Lateness is particularly irritating to 55-64 year olds in the East of England. 


Number 3: People who stick their nose into every discussion 

Ever start a conversation with a colleague only for someone to stick their nose in and offer their own opinion on the matter, when their participation is not required? Annoying, right? The nation certainly thinks so – predominantly 18-24 year olds from Scotland. If you’re an office worker north of the border in particular, it’s time to check yourself for ‘sticking your nose in syndrome’ and do something about it pronto to stop irritating your colleagues.


Number 4: Power tripping 

The power tripper enjoys shouting orders and avoiding talking to people like respected colleagues. They may even try to impose authority in a manner that wouldn’t look out of place in an army barracks. Unsurprisingly, ‘power tripping’ makes the top five of the most irritating office habits. 25-34 year olds working in the East Midlands are particularly scathing of the power tripping mentality. 


Number 5: Poor listening 

This is a behaviour whereby the person you’re talking to acts like they’re listening, letting you get all the way to the end of your sentence, only to say “sorry, what was that?” Poor listening irritates people from Scotland and Yorkshire and The Humber the most, meaning it’s time for workers in those regions to listen up and take note. 


Number 6: People playing music too loudly 

Ever sat next to someone who feels the need to have music bellowing out through their headphones at eardrum-bursting levels? Annoying, right? Well 18-24 year olds and people over 65 from the North East find this behaviour the most irritating. 


Number 7: Dominating all meetings 

The behaviour of those who make every meeting about them, never letting anyone else get a word in edgeways is definitely in there. Women more so than men find this behaviour irritating, bringing the phrase ‘two ears, one mouth’ sharply into focus. Meeting dominators take note. 


Number 8: Stealing other people’s food 

No matter how many times people label their food in the work fridge as “MINE, DO NOT TOUCH… DEATH PENALTY APPLIES”, food stealing is still a prevalent behaviour in offices across the nation. Food stealing is particularly frowned upon by 25-34 year olds from the West Midlands. 


Number 9: Corporate laughing 

Nothing that the boss says is that funny. The corporate laugh is a false cackle, often used by people looking to climb the hierarchical ladder. It’s not funny so stop! 


Number 10: People having dirty desks 

Desks are meant to be for work, but not for the culprit of the dirty desk. Plates, dishes and the remnants of last week’s lunch are piled high – a mouldy ‘delight’ for everyone else to put up with! 


List courtesy of FLXOffices 

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