New data from LinkedIn finds American professionals get annoyed when you steal their lunch, while Germans can’t stand the mess you leave in the microwave
Mountain View, Calif. —September 28, 2011 — LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), the world’s largest professional network with more than 120 million members worldwide, today released data about the top office pet peeves.
The survey uncovered some interesting differences across countries and cultures. For example:
· Americans get more irritated than other nationals by co-workers taking others’ food from the office refrigerator.
· Brazilians are the most annoyed of any national group by excessive gossiping.
· Germans are annoyed by dirty common areas (the community microwave or refrigerator) more than the rest of the world.
· Indians react more negatively to irritating mobile phone ringtones.
· Japanese are more peeved by office pranks than others.
There were also gender differences in the findings. For example, 62 percent of U.S. women were bothered by “clothing that’s too revealing for the workplace,” while only 29 percent of U.S. men surveyed said that was a problem. The Swedish are the most tolerant of what others wear in the workplace, but there is still a gender split: revealing clothing irritates 35 percent of the women in Sweden, but only 12 percent of the men.
Regardless of nationality or gender, however, the number one pet peeve of all professionals (selected by 78 percent of the more than 17,000 surveyed globally) is “people not taking ownership for their actions.” And, special note to job seekers: hiring managers in the U.S. are much more peeved than non-hiring managers by people “showing up late for meetings.”
“In nearly every office there’s at least one co-worker whose quirks drive colleagues up the cubicle wall,” said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s Connection Director and best-selling author of the book, “Girl on Top.” “Sometimes the most irritating office offenders don’t even realize that their behavior impacts the rest of their team. It is crucial for you to solve the annoyance before it disrupts your work performance and career.”
The country with the most pet peeves is India and the one with the fewest is Italy. The U.S. falls right in the middle at number eight out of the 16 countries represented in the survey.
Download an infographic on the LinkedIn office pet peeves data and find out how you can deal with various office peeves on the LinkedIn Blog: http://lnkd.in/office-pet-peeves.
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