Office Habits that Drive People Crazy

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  • A new report maps out the do’s and don’ts of office etiquette.

    Adecco, a temporary staffing firm released a survey this week exposing the most common office pet peeves. 

    Researchers conducted over a thousand phone interviews to discover the most irritating office habits.

    Study results found that nearly half of the survey respondents found it annoying when their co-workers clipped or bit their nails at work. Lori Hong said that she had to relocate her workspace to avoid a co-worker who clipped their toe nails.

    “I don’t know what vitamins (he was) taking, but he would clip his nails like two or three times a week,” Hong recalled. “No one should be doing that at work,” she said.

    Surprisingly, this is a common occurrence.

    “It really elicits that gross factor because it is personal grooming,” said Jodi R.R. Smith, president of the etiquette training firm Mannersmith. “This is what I categorize as: Should take place in the bathroom, and preferably the bathroom at home.”

    Smith often uses this example when training people on how to address the issue. She advised that it’s best to be direct with that particular co-worker.

    She suggested using the follow approach: “I know that you probably have no idea, but when you clip your nails in the cubicle it totally grosses me out. I’m all for good grooming … but if you could do it in the ladies room or at home I’d really appreciate it.”

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