New research from Olivet Nazarene University finds that while 100% of people surveyed reported feeling “annoyed” in the office sometimes, Baby Boomers are least likely to tell the person who is making them feel this way upfront — but most likely to bring it straight to their manager.
Meanwhile, more than three-quarters of respondents, 76%, say they’ve never kept annoying someone after being made aware that they’re bothering them — while 24% admit to actually continuing annoying behavior after being notified.
The research team surveyed 2,000 U.S. employees. Here are some more of the findings.
Here’s what people say they hate dealing with at work
The research found that nearly half of respondents — 49% – have been the most annoyed at work by coworkers’ “loudness and complaining,” followed by 32% who picked “gossip and bullying,” and 12% who selected “bathroom or eating habits.”
Just 6% said “email or meeting habits,” and 1% said “personal hygiene.”
The research found that there’s a tendency for leaders to be seen as irritating at work, with those in “senior or managerial” roles being 34% “more likely to identify as the source of someone’s annoyance.”
Thirty-six percent of people said they’ve actually switched jobs because of annoying colleagues.
Here’s just how annoyed people say they’ve been feeling
When asked, “how many coworkers annoy you on a regular basis?” 21% said just one, 73% said two to five, 4% said six to ten, and 2% said 10 or more.
While 78% of people report having “confronted” a colleague about what’s been driving them up the wall, 22% say they have not.
But of the ones who did confront their annoying coworkers, 47% did so via another person they work with, 30% did it directly, 18% relied on the support of their boss or supervisor, 2% took things up with HR, and 3% actually say they’ve gotten “the entire office” involved.