Sitting in tiny meeting rooms with lots of people, sitting at a hot desk and no longer being able to wear comfortable clothes are some of the biggest problems in the UK office.
A survey conducted among 2,000 office workers found that the most common moans originated during the pandemic, with a fifth no longer enjoying colleagues approaching.
Another quarter – just like before self-isolation – condemn others for coughing and sneezing without putting their hand to their mouth.
Many are also annoyed by people who don’t seem to wash their hands after going to the restroom, don’t regularly disinfect, or open windows without consulting colleagues nearby.
While the reams of paper used in the printer and others distributed on their own also made the top 50 list.
Staff are also unhappy with co-workers who leave dinner plates lying around and don’t think about throwing paper towels on the floor.
As many as 42% of employees admit that now that they are back in the office, they are much more annoyed by their surroundings.
And four out of ten are less tolerant of colleagues, boss and clients than before the pandemic.
A spokesperson for hygiene and health company Essity, which conducted the study, said: “Office grievances have always existed, but the global pandemic and the increased focus on our own hygiene and health have changed the behavior we find frustrating now that we are starting to return to the office more often.
“Poor hand hygiene, a cough or cold, and a failure to show care or courtesy towards the environment all topped our lists of mistakes.
“Now is a good time for employers to take action to minimize the chance that these office issues will upset employees who are welcomed after staying at home for so long.”
Hygiene standards now matter even more
This has become the standard for office hygiene, as returning was a concern for almost half of those surveyed.
As a result, 28% now take cutlery with them to work, 38% clean their workplace daily, and four out of ten carry hand sanitizer or soap with them.
Another 24% tried to avoid using public transport after returning to the office, preferring to walk or use a private car, and 44% do not think about wearing a mask during work if required.
And more than a third are now ditching the tea tour and taking their mug to work when they want to brew it.
Employers have ways to keep staff happy: 36% say they would like their daily cleaning regime to include disinfection of workspaces and common areas, and 31% would like things like antibacterial wipes to be available in the building.
A fifth of workers have already spoken to management about providing staff with recyclable items such as paper towels and hygiene items.
While 18% asked the boss to provide appropriate trash cans, and 24% want them to take into account the overall temperature of the building.
Space between tables, getting rid of single-use items like plastic cups, and turning off electrical appliances were all things workers and their bosses tried to implement.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, more than two-thirds of office workers say their entire workday can be ruined by a few bear bugs, and almost half admit to being very anxious about returning to work.
The average worker surveyed via OnePoll admits to grumbling for up to a quarter of an hour every day about things like loud speech, slow computers, IT issues, and constant phone calls.
An Essity spokesperson added: “There are many small steps employers can take to make the workplace a better space for workers.
“Whether it’s about improving recycling practices, improving office hygiene, or giving workers the environment they need to feel comfortable, small steps go a long way.”
50 main problems of modern office
1. People talk loudly
2. People cough and sneeze without putting their hands to their mouths.
3. People come to work sick
4. Computers are slow
5. IT issues
6. Smelly toilets
7 People Who Leave Dirty Dishes In The Work Sink
8. People who don’t wash their hands after going to the toilet
9. Dirty toilet seats/bowls.
10. Computer failure
11. People don’t clean the microwave when food is spilled.
12. People who get too close when talking to you.
13. People who wear a mask under their nose when asked to wear it
14. Printers break down
15. Someone sucks up to the boss
16. Someone cooks stinky food for lunch
17. Someone calls sick when you know they are not sick.
18. Food left in the refrigerator that has expired.
19. Phone keeps ringing
20. The one who opens the window in winter when it’s cold and the heating is on.
21. Cold conditioner
22. Covid/vaccine conspiracy theorists
23. People who don’t mind throwing paper towels all over the toilet floor.
24. Having to sit in small conference rooms with lots of people.
25. The light in the rooms is left on unnecessarily.
26. People leave bags/garbage on tables/meeting rooms.
27. Dinnerware scattered on the tables.
28. Hot tables
29. People who refuse recycling
30. People who open windows without checking people nearby
31. Sloppy fingers on shared keyboard/mouse when working in hot mode
32. Inability to wear comfortable clothes
33. People who don’t put a new toilet paper roll on the holder
34. People who don’t disinfect regularly
35. Empty milk cartons left in the refrigerator.
36. People leave unfinished food in the fridge/kitchen.
37. People print huge documents and waste paper
38. Inability to listen to music
39. People “lay out” their tables on yours.
40. Wrong things left in trash cans
41. Fight for parking spaces
42. Nobody ever said thank you
43. People who are the first to start a conversation on the phone without any pleasantries.
44. People who sing or whistle without realizing it.
45. No trash cans
46. People put food in trash cans next to your table.
47. The one who turns on the air conditioner and then opens the window
48. No air conditioning
49. Someone stole your favorite cup
50. People who hang up without saying goodbye