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Intrusive colleagues reduce productivity; cribbing co-workers annoy employees the most, says a survey

Almost 60 per cent employees feel their productivity gets hampered by intrusive colleagues, finds a survey by jobs portal.

Sonal Khetarpal | July 19, 2016 | Updated 12:11 IST

Almost 60 per cent employees feel their productivity gets hampered by intrusive colleagues, finds a survey by jobs portal.

In a survey of over 1,400 professionals conducted by to find out what co-worker habits annoy them the most, nearly 75 per cent said interruptions by co-workers reduce their productivity and waste over an hour of their work time in a day.

As many as 30 per cent of employees felt that they find their co-workers, who just crib about everything, as most annoying.

The next in line are social media pokers, who react, comment and poke co-workers on social media platforms, said 24 per cent respondents.

Another 22 per cent find chatterboxes, colleagues, who talk a lot and speak loudly in office, irritating.

In terms of gender, 52 per cent respondents state that their male colleagues tend to annoy more than female co-workers. Interestingly, 62 per cent male workers say male colleagues annoy the most while 56 per cent female workers state female colleagues annoy them most. The annoying aspects of male professionals, according to the respondents, is poking co-workers on social media and being chatterboxes. Among female workers, the most annoying habits, according to the respondents, was invading into co-workers' privacy and cribbing.

Respondents also suggested solutions to avoid annoying colleagues. Some of the top suggestions include keeping conversations to the minimum, trying to avoid or ignore them or even being upfront and telling colleagues they are being intrusive.

Shailja Dutt, Founder & Chairperson, Stellar Search feels that this is problem with how the organization defines its culture and what behavior the company wants to encourage at the workplace. Culture is completely top-driven and not a bottom-up approach where employees define the boundaries. What companies can do is communicate clearly what kind of behaviour they encourage Its important to communicate how a company expects its employees to conduct themselves in office.

Pallavi Jha, CMD of Dale Carnegie Training India says that open door policy is often confused with feeling free to barge in people's space anytime, which can lead to annoyance and irritability. "It is essentially a comprehension problem about drawing lines in how accessible you are. It is important for co-workers to respect other's space and time. What works best is to ask when others are free so they get their undivided attention during a conversation and drives better engagement," Jha said.  These problems will be solved if employees are conscious about their professional conduct and are sensitive about their own individual work ethic in the workplace.


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