August 23, 2013
Pay issues are relatively low on the list of niggles at work, according to a new survey of employees commissioned by Old Jamaica Ginger Beer. Instead, crashing computers and the behaviour of colleagues are the biggest headaches for most workers.
Being overlooked for a pay rise in favour of someone else was 12th on the list of things that get employees hot under the collar, and being refused a pay rise despite not having one for years came even further down the list at number 14.
The biggest complaint of all was computer crashes. However, a myriad of people problems seems to prove that hell really is other people at work. Colleagues taking credit for our work, rude clients and unappreciative bosses all get us hot under the collar, according to the poll.
Employees are fed up with fellow workers that slack off, the survey shows. Colleagues that take long smoking breaks, spend too long on social networks or surf the internet when they should be working are all major bugbears.
Lack of consideration is another problem. A quarter of those polled said they get cross if someone uses their desk and leaves it in a mess. The same percentage are irritated that their boss rarely says thank you for their hard work. Gossiping colleagues and those that suck up to the boss are also an annoyance.
All these aggravations mean that 51% of Brits have lost their temper at work, with the average British worker losing their temper twice during the working day. For those people who do get hot under the collar at work, 64% try to ignore it, but 13% will confront whoever is annoying them.
The top 20 work niggles are: