Politics and COVID are among the most boring topics to discuss with colleagues, survey finds

A survey from Quality Logo Products shows that 90% of Americans work alongside an annoying colleague.

The survey of 1,902 US employees focused on what they find annoying about their co-workers, including conversation starters.

The top three issues workers found annoying discussing with other employees were politics (48%), COVID (46%) and religion (36%).

The survey revealed the 5 most annoying habits of colleagues.

1. Interrupt during virtual meetings and conversations with other workers

2. Taking credit for someone else’s work

3. Excessive sharing of personal stories or hobbies

4. Not doing your job.

5. Arrogance.

The study found that 68% of employees have confronted a colleague about their annoyance. Co-workers with a messy area, coming to work sick all the time, talking loudly on the phone, and eating smelly food are also major annoyances.

Even working from home doesn’t seem to work as the majority of respondents – 55% – are annoyed by their colleagues, even if they are working remotely. Yet 48% find their colleagues less boring in a remote environment. Despite this, 70% of respondents say instant messaging programs can lead to annoyances, including co-workers sending too many GIFs.

More than half of respondents – 60% – think entry-level and intermediate colleagues are the most boring. When asked if they had ever considered quitting a job because of an annoying co-worker, 57% said yes.

Ed Dean

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