Have you ever found yourself fantasizing about the sneakiest but most satisfying way to "take care of" that guy in accounting who eats his lunch like a ravenous coyote?
If so, you’re not alone.
Noisy or messy eating from the cubicle next door, alongside moaning and being interrupted by coworkers, were some of the top complaints expressed by 1,000 office workers in a recent survey on workplace irritations.
The Samsung-commissioned survey, which questioned 1,000 workers from small UK firms, suggests that workplace distractions caused by colleagues resulted in workers losing 22 minutes each day on average.
Issues with technology, however, were revealed to be the greatest annoyance among workers. A vast majority of those surveyed (92 percent) said crashing computers and slow internet frustrated them and led to their losing almost half an hour of working time a day on average.
Office workers also complained at length about temperature, with 82 percent claiming that being too hot or too cold was their greatest frustration.
In all, annoyances involving coworkers, tech problems and workplace issues led to employees wasting five-and-a-half hours a week, Samsung surmises.
Of particular concern to employers may be that nearly a third survey of participants said they had quit a job due to an annoying colleague. Twenty percent had quit because of the workplace itself and 10 percent due to technology frustrations.
University of Manchester professor Cary Cooper, who specializes in workplace issues, said office productivity could be improved by addressing these issues.
"This is a big issue for the UK as it currently sits 7th in the G7 and 17th in the G20 on productivity per person, showing that these distractions could be causing a big impact."