Working in an office with others brings its own set of issues. We all have our own habits and lifestyles, and when you bring them to the office, there’s bound to be things that get on one another’s nerves. A few of these nerve-wracking experiences end up interfering with one’s ability to get their job done, and when this happens, a visit to HR or a chat with a manager is sometimes necessary.
Quill recently conducted a survey amongst professional men and women to get their biggest office complaints. The respondents were split nearly 50-50 between men and women, and Quill created an infographic to showcase some of the biggest office complaints given by those surveyed.
When it came to their number one office complaints, respondents expressed frustrations about the following areas.
- Lack of privacy clocked in as the primary office complaint, with 34.6 percent of respondents claiming it was the greatest irritant in their office setting.
- Next up was noisiness: 27.4 percent of respondents cited this as the top complaint.
- A little more than 19 percent of respondents found lack of space to be the main irritant at work.
- Nearly 19 percent of the participants were primarily irked by a lack of access to adjustable furniture.
After identifying respondents’ biggest office complaints, we dialed in on the nitty gritty frustrations of office life. These questions fell into several categories:
Nearly 40 percent of respondents complained that the temperature in their office is usually too cold. Meanwhile, a little more than one quarter of respondents feel their office is usually too hot. In light of these responses, it’s not surprising that more than 35 percent of participants were frustrated that employees can’t adjust the temperature.
Slow tech dominated the list of frustrations here. Nearly 50 percent of respondents expressed frustrations about slow computers, and nearly one third were annoyed by slow or inconsistent internet connectivity. Meanwhile, a little more than 21 percent felt frustrated by not understanding how to use new technological tools at work.
Email and messaging
Two big issues competed for primacy here. More than one-third of respondents expressed annoyance when people unnecessarily “reply all,” while one percent fewer respondents (36 percent) were most annoyed by receiving too many emails and/or messages per day.
There was a significant gap between these two complaints and the others that showed up in this category. The other two issues included receiving a message or email that’s lacking crucial info (with 14.2 percent of respondents being most annoyed by this issue) and receiving passive-aggressive emails or messages (with 12.2 percent of respondents finding this issue to be most frustrating).
There was an overwhelming consensus in response to the question, “Which is the most annoying food a coworker could eat in the office?” Nearly 59 percent of respondents agreed fish is the most offensive meal to bring to work. Far less irritating options included:
- Smelly vegetables (15.4 percent of respondents)
- Popcorn (9.8 percent of respondents)
- Eggs (8.7 percent of respondents)
- Bacon (7.3 percent of respondents)
Far and away, respondents were most annoyed by laziness in other employees, with 43.5 percent of respondents noting this as their main frustration. Other irritating employee characteristics included:
- Hostility (27.1 percent of respondents)
- Unfriendliness (16.4 percent of respondents)
- Noisy eating (12.9 percent of respondents)
The following is a complete list of The Biggest Office Complaints, as surveyed by Quill: