A new survey identified the top three pet peeves we have about our coworkers.
Strong coworker relationships have been tied to job satisfaction, but there’s probably at least one person on your team who you could live without. It could be due to a simple personality mismatch, but it could also be because of their annoying habits.
A new survey from the project management software provider Mavenlink identified the top three pet peeves we have about our coworkers:
- Laziness: Nearly half (47%) of all respondents cited “lazy coworkers” as their biggest pet peeve. Who likes to carry their weight and the weight of someone else on a project?
- Bad attitudes: The second most popular answer from the survey was “bad attitudes,” with 42% of respondents citing it as a source of annoyance. This can be the toxic coworker who never has anything nice to say.
- Poor communication skills: The third most popular answer was “poor communication skills,” with 34% of respondents saying it frustrates them. No one wants to be told at the last minute about an urgent project nor do they want vague answers to questions.
“It’s so very human to feel frustrated or annoyed by a coworker’s behavior,” says Sarah Greenberg, a licensed psychotherapist with BetterUp, a global coaching community. “Our feelings are valid. However, when we let those feelings fester they can eat away at our own productivity and well-being. I like to think of strong feelings as helpful signals or calls to action.”
Fortunately, employees have a variety of options for decreasing coworker annoyances and the negative impact they can have.