Procurement · 17 April 2018

UK employers reveal their top 10 unbearable staff habits

The survey of 200 employers investigated the habits of UK professionals that drive their bosses crazy
Being the boss can be a tough job, so it’s no surprise that two thirds of employers find their workforce annoying sometimes. New survey findings have revealed exactly which staff habits get under their skin the most.

According to research from UK job board CV-Library the number one bother for over half of UK employers was their workforce turning up to work late.

The survey of 200 employers investigated the habits of UK professionals that drive their bosses mad. Respondents were asked to reveal the behaviour that they find most frustrating from their employees.

Commenting on the findings, founder of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, said: As the boss, you have to manage your own workload, whilst also organising your team. it’s understandable then that you can become frustrated with them at times, especially when they arent sticking to the rules.

however, it’s important that you build positive relationships in the workplace, especially with your staff. This means that open communication is key.

Top 10 unbearable staff habits

  1. Showing up to work late 54.2 per cent
  2. Complaining to colleagues instead of discussing problems with their boss 41.2 per cent.
  3. Not taking responsibility for their mistakes 39.9 per cent
  4. Messing around during work hours 32.7 per cent
  5. Spreading gossip 29.4 per cent
  6. Not being a team player 28.8 per cent
  7. Communicating only over email 21.6 per cent
  8. Making ridiculous demands 14.4 per cent
  9. Not being grateful for the rewards they receive 6.5 per cent
  10. Sucking-up to the boss 2 per cent
Biggins added: If you feel that your employees are breaking the rules or not being as productive as they should be, it might be time to have a chat with them to explain the behaviour you expect at work.

after all, it’s important that everyone is on the same page. Plus, it’s essential to build trust amongst workers and if there’s underlying tension because of communication problems, this can be difficult.

We took at look back at previous CV-Library studies to find out the kind of behaviour causing controversy in UK workplaces.

Eight email mistakes your colleagues find unbearable

With email overtaking face-to-face interaction as the primary method of communication between colleagues, here are the eight email mistakes office colleagues find most irritating.

  1. Sending inappropriate content 90.7 per cent
  2. Sending kisses 64.6 per cent
  3. Not addressing people by their name 43.8 per cent
  4. Not signing off emails correctly 38.7 per cent
  5. Blind copying people in emails 29.1 per cent
  6. Copying in a manager to get a response 16.6 per cent
  7. Sending read receipts 11.5 per cent
  8. Flagging the email as highly important 10 per cent
it’s always important to remember that the workplace is a professional environment, warned Biggins. While interaction through technology is increasingly becoming more and more instant, the traditional rules still apply.

Five office conversations to avoid at all costs

UK professionals have also decided which office conversations you should not discuss at your desk.Researchers asked over half of 1, 100 professionals what topics were off-limits in the office.

  1. Salaries 67.5 per cent
  2. Office relationships 65.5 per cent
  3. Relationships outside of work 57 per cent
  4. Why someone was let go 52.9 per cent
  5. The boss 47.3 per cent



Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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