Date: 31st August 2017
Campaign Title: Work Grumbles
The average employee spends the equivalent of two working weeks a year grumbling – with the top gripes about IT, air con and printers, a study has found.
Researchers say the typical employee will also find time to whine about unnecessary all-staff emails – and uncomfortable chairs.
Other problems which drive staff mad are the temperature of the office, commuting, people pulling sickies, and a phone call just as you’re about to leave.
Common gripes, which generally take up a total of 20 minutes of the working day, include the amount of junk mail received, being copied into emails that are of no concern and someone stealing a favourite mug.
In addition, irritable Brits can’t stand it when someone smells out the office with stinky food, or turns on the freezing cold air conditioning.
IT issues form a major part of the top 50 list of grumbles – as workers complain about computers which are too slow or crash, printers jamming or breaking down and a bad phone signal.
Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of international animal charity SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries, said: “It’s clear that there’s no shortage of annoyances in the workplace that raise people’s blood pressure on a daily basis.”