Have you ever had those moments where you’ve wanted to lunge across the desk and throttle your co-worker? Perhaps they were chewing their lunch too loudly or (unintentionally) forcing you to listen to their daily personal calls. Working from home has changed the game and Premier Inn has revealed that over half of workers (53%) find their colleagues less annoying when working remotely.
Even more interesting is the fact that Premier Inn has surveyed over 1 000 working professionals to reveal the most endearing (and frustrating) behaviours displayed by colleagues while working from home. The survey revealed that many workers have actually found their colleagues more endearing since the move away from the office, with three quarters (75%) of workers reporting that their colleagues showed endearing behaviours at least once a week.
Top 10 most endearing remote working behaviours:
When it comes to the most endearing behaviours shown while remote working, messaging to ask how you are topped the list, with 64% of workers agreeing that this behaviour would cause them to warm up to colleagues.
Replying to messages quickly (62%), giving full attention during a video call (61%), having daily catch ups (55%) and sharing weekend plans (54%) were all also included in the top five most endearing behaviours, with colleagues clearly being appreciated for trying to emulate ‘water cooler’ conversations while communicating virtually.
The survey revealed that only 9% of workers find colleagues more annoying while working remotely, with over half (53%) finding colleagues less irritating away from the office. Over a third of workers (38%) reported that their colleagues were just as annoying working remotely as they were when working in an office.
Top 10 most annoying behaviours colleagues do while working remotely
Overall, over half (51%) of workers surveyed revealed that their colleagues displayed annoying behaviours at least two to three times a week.
When working remotely, the most annoying remote working behaviour was reported to be slow responses to email (when the colleague is online and working), with 61% of workers finding this particular behaviour tiresome. Following this were behaviours including, background noise on video calls (60%), eating on camera (59%), too many video calls (56%), and muting and un-muting in the wrong places (53%).
As the lines between work and home have blurred since working remotely, 52% of workers reported finding direct messaging out of work hours particularly annoying, and 51% reported answering the phone or working on something else whilst on a video call specifically irritating.
Top 5 most annoying behaviours workers admit to doing
As well as the behaviours which workers found annoying when done by their colleagues, the study also aimed to discover which behaviours workers were most guilty of when they work remotely themselves.
It seems that with the reduction of in-person meetings, it’s attention during a video call that workers struggle with, with 70% of workers admitting to drinking tea, coffee or other soft drink of choice on camera during a call. 67% admitted to both not putting on a camera and working on something else during a call, with 65% of workers revealing that they often do not look directly into the camera during virtual meetings.
Despite slow responses to emails being the number one most annoying remote working behaviour according to colleagues, 63% of workers themselves admitted to doing this while being online and working.
When it came to the remote working behaviours workers tried to avoid doing the most themselves, eating on camera (25%), making background noise on video calls (23%) and not looking presentable on video calls (22%) ranked as the top three.
Top 10 most annoying behaviours colleagues do while working in the office
While some organisations are looking to continue remote working into 2022, many are returning back to working in the office – and with this, comes many familiar quirks and annoyances.
Eating loudly in the office was revealed as the most annoying office working behaviour, with 69% of respondents finding this irritating. Sucking up to a boss in front of colleagues was the second most annoying behaviour (68%), and using loud speakers on a phone call ranked in as third most irritating (66%).
A full breakdown of the most commonly held remote working pet peeves can be found at: https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/business-blog/pet-peeves-for-remote-colleagues.html
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