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Ever had a colleague with working habits that rub you up the wrong way? Flexioffices, a leading expert in the supply of serviced office space across the UK, has carried out a nationwide survey to discover the most irritating office behaviours.

Which behaviours displayed by workers in offices across the nation really grind people’s gears? The results from 2,005 survey recipients are in, with revealing results:

Number 1: ‘The blame dodger’

The clear winner, with 17% of the vote, 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 ten list of most irritating office behaviours in the UK, with 15% of the vote. 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? With 14% of the vote, 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.

To discover the full top ten of the most irritating office behaviours in the UK, head over to the Flexioffices blog, where more annoying habits are brought to the fore.



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