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Working While Sick, Not Washing Hands Among Office Pet Peeves

About 75% of co-workers opt not to wash their hands after using the restroom, while 64% take credit for a colleague’s work, according to a recent survey on top pet peeves for U.S. workers. So reports Society for Human Resource Management.

wash hands g62817724c 640More than 60% of co-workers are irked at information gatekeepers or employees who control access to information, while 47% don’t like those breaking company rules, 47% are bothered by co-workers with shoddy personal hygiene, 46% are frustrated by those who don’t keep their work area tidy and 43% don’t like when their colleagues come into work sick. SHRM polled 507 U.S. workers in August.

“While some pet peeves seem trivial, others can have significant repercussions on workers' engagement and even their productivity, such as co-workers who take credit for others' work or co-workers who 'gatekeep' information," says Casey Sword, a senior specialist with the SHRM Research Institute.

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