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Annoying co-workers restrict workplace productivity: TimesJobs.com Survey

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Mumbai:  Camaraderie and bonhomie among office colleagues can do wonder for achieving team goals. On the contrast, bad habits of co-workers are a concern for healthy work culture in the organization. TimeJobs.com surveyed over 1,400 working professionals to find out what co-worker habits appeared to annoy them the most. The significant majority (60%) state that insensitive co-workers were a cause for a decrease in their personal productivity.

Decoding further on the bad habits of co-workers, the study found that 42% of employees say middle-level employees are the most annoying set of co-workers, as compared to senior and junior co-workers.  Further, most say male co-workers are more annoying than female co-workers.

“For candidates, fitting into the work culture of an organization is critical for success. Employers too must hire attitude and train for skill. Progressive organizations use TimesJobs’ innovative proficiency graphs to look beyond a candidate’s basic qualifications and evaluate their communication, analytical, creative, planning, organizing, leadership & interpersonal abilities, to ensure a good fit.” says Nilanjan Roy, Head of Strategy, Times Business Solutions.

Further digging into various habits of cultural misfit, TimesJobs study mentioned that colleagues who tend to barge into their private space and interrupt them are the most annoying kind as nearly 40% of the professionals who responded to the TimesJobs survey stated the same. The other annoying kind of colleagues, according to 30% respondents, are eternal cribbers, who tend to complain about everything.

The next are social media pokers, who react, comment and poke co-workers on social media, say 24% respondents. Another 22% respondents say that chatterboxes – colleagues who talk a lot and loudly – are the most-annoying type.

While nearly 60% respondents blamed the behavior of co-workers for hampering their workplace productivity, nearly 75% of them said that in a day, colleagues tend to interrupt them for over an hour,  hurting their productivity.

 In terms of gender, 52% respondents say their male colleagues tend to annoy more than female co-workers. Interestingly, 62% male workers say male colleagues annoy the most while 56% female workers state female colleagues annoy them most, reveals the survey.


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