These are the top 50 gripes for office workers in Yorkshire

By Richard Jenkins
Monday, 27th June 2022, 12:54 pm
Updated Monday, 27th June 2022, 2:04 pm

Yorkshire’s office workers have revealed their top workplace gripes, including colleagues sucking up to the boss, computers running at a snail’s pace and arduous IT issues.

A survey of more than 150 office-based staff from God’s own country found many loathe dirty dishes being left in the sink, filthy toilets and colleagues talking about their weekend plans – even though they don’t care.

But nearly half (48 per cent) have been quick to make their feelings known by either leaving a passive-aggressive note or sending an office-wide email.

Cigarette butts scattered outside, a mess being left in the kitchen and colleagues not locking up properly are the top reasons why workers feel compelled to call out their peers.

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    But while 26 per cent reported their messages were successful in stopping what they deem to be poor office etiquette, for 70 per cent the problems still persisted.

    Warding off irritating colleagues

    The research was commissioned by The Workplace Depot, who have created a hilarious compilation of passive-aggressive notes to stick up or send around your own office to ward off irritating colleagues.

    A spokesperson for the industrial supplies provider said: “Offices can often be a funny old environment when social norms don’t always translate into those four walls where we spend much of our lives.

    “And when forced to encounter a multitude of small bothers on an almost daily basis, it is no surprise it drives many to snap.

    “The way many choose to express their displeasure is in the form of the painfully polite and quintessentially British passive-aggressive note or email.

    “Yet, these will always have a serious undertone of hostility, which for the reader – or even worse, the culprit – can be quite alarming. Although, often rather amusing too.”

    The right office conduct

    The study also found 52 per cent of the Yorkshire’s office workers have confronted a colleague about their poor conduct in the workplace – with 27 per cent of these claiming this intervention caused them to stop.

    However, 13 per cent overstepped the mark and even received disciplinary action following the quarrel.

    Getting work done quickly so they can leave earlier ranked as the most common way workers counteract their annoyances.

    While 21 per cent put on their headphones and listen to music to avoid irritations, and 22 per cent will just dodge visiting the office as much as possible.

    In fact, 28 per cent even admitted they are less productive when they are in the office because of what is winding them up, according to the survey conducted via OnePoll.

    The spokesperson for The Workplace Depot added: “It’s clear from these findings many of the UK’s white-collar workers are pretty fed-up with what is going on around them between 9 and 5.

    “But like many things in life, if you don’t address the problem, it will only get worse.

    “It is important for these workers to stand up for what they believe is the right conduct for an office – even if that is hiding behind a passive-aggressive note.”

    Top 50 gripes for office workers in Yorkshire

    1. IT issues
    2. People speaking loudly
    3. People who leave dirty dishes in the work sink
    4. When someone calls in sick when you know they aren't ill
    5. Someone sucking up to the boss
    6. People coming into work when ill
    7. Not being able to wear comfy clothes
    8. Computers being slow
    9. People who have conversations right behind your desk
    10. Smelly toilets
    11. People not cleaning the microwave when their food spills
    12. People who take things from my desk without asking
    13. Filthy toilets
    14. People ‘spreading out’ their desks onto yours
    15. People who open the windows without checking with people nearby
    16. Hotdesking
    17. People who get too close when talking to you
    18. Having to talk to people about their weekends/plans even though you don’t care
    19. Someone cooking smelly food at lunch
    20. The phone ringing constantly
    21. The temperature always being too hot
    22. Computers crashing
    23. People putting food in bins right next to your desk
    24. Grubby fingers on shared keyboards/mouse if hot desking
    25. People who send passive aggressive emails to the entire office
    26. Hardly any natural light
    27. People leaving half eaten food in the fridge/kitchen
    28. Food left in the fridge which is past its use-by date
    29. Not being able to listen to music
    30. Lunch dishes left lying around on desks
    31. People not putting a new toilet roll on the holder
    32. Having to sit in small meeting rooms with lots of people
    33. Someone taking my chair while I am away from my desk
    34. Lights left on in rooms unnecessarily
    35. People who start a phone conversation without any pleasantries first
    36. Printers breaking down
    37. People who hang up the phone without saying goodbye
    38. No one ever saying thank you
    39. People who now refuse to be part of the tea round
    40. Not being able to have daytime TV on in the background
    41. People bragging about how well their work is going
    42. Personal belongings left to gather dust on desks
    43. People making tea too strong/weak
    44. The temperature always being too cold
    45. People who print reams of paper from the printer
    46. People who sing or whistle without realising it
    47. No greenery, like plants
    48. Lack of amenities / kitchen facilities
    49. Fighting over parking spaces
    50. People leaving passive aggressive notes