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Annoying colleagues 'biggest source of frustration'

Supplier: Mitrefinch Australia By: Katrina Hall
29 June, 2015

Irritating colleagues are the biggest source of frustration in the workplace, new research has revealed.

The study, published by thinkmoney, revealed that patronising co-workers, loud talkers, and people who eat noisy or smelly food are among the top gripes cited by employees. These distractions have the potential to negatively impact a business through staff productivity, the report found.

The atmosphere of an office can also impact productivity. Buildings with no natural light and places that are either too hot or cold have also been cited as barriers to performance.

Many employees also took exception to being forced to sit through pointless meetings full of jargon such as "blue sky thinking."

Furthermore, two thirds of workers are unhappy in their roles because they have too much to do for the amount of appreciation and remuneration they receive.

Lack of integrity and unreliability were also named as top gripes among workers. For example, workers that come in late and leave early were deemed to be particularly irritating. However, when faced with stressful situations, colleagues can be a big help. 

Dishonesty and untrustworthiness are also among the biggest causes of frustration among employees - particularly when it comes to attendance.

A major issue that business leaders report is instances of workers who clock in at the wrong times, or in some cases, get someone else to clock in for them. In the long run, this can cost firms a significant amount of money. However, biometric time and attendance technology can prevent this kind of 'buddy fraud' and ensure that employees are only paid for the hours they actually worked.