A tool has been developed to help tired workers deal with the annoying behavior of their colleagues at work.
The “Passive Aggressive Sign Generator” allows disgruntled staff to choose from a range of ready-made signs to display around their office to communicate their disdain.
And if their complaint is more targeted, users can enter a specific message to ward off irritating colleagues and ensure they are heard loud and clear.
It was created by The Workplace Depot, after a survey of 2,000 workers revealed that strenuous computer problems, smelly toilets and rotting food in the fridge are the biggest office problems.
Many also hate the lack of natural light, coworkers sucking off the boss, and people talking about their weekend plans — even if they don’t care.
But 39% were quick to share their feelings by leaving a passive-aggressive note or sending an office-wide email.
The last people to leave and not locking themselves in properly, cigarette butts strewn outside and the mess in communal dining rooms are the main reasons workers feel compelled to call their peers.
And 32% did so because of their colleague’s poor parking lot.
While half said their posts succeeded in ending what they saw as poor office etiquette, 44% said the issues persisted.
A spokesperson for the industrial supplies supplier said: “Offices can often be a fun old environment when social norms don’t always translate to those four walls where we spend so much of our lives.
“And when you’re forced to encounter a multitude of little annoyances almost on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that it drives many to the breaking point.
“The way many choose to express their displeasure is in the quintessentially British form of the note or the painfully polite passive-aggressive email.
“Yet these will always have a serious undertone of hostility, which for the reader – or worse yet, the culprit – can be quite alarming. Although often rather amusing too.
The study also found that 45% confronted a co-worker about their misbehavior at work, with 46% saying this intervention caused them to quit.
However, eight percent exceeded the bar and even received disciplinary action as a result of the feud.
While 37% have considered quitting their job because of office issues, 14% have actually made the jump to a new role.
Unfortunately, the grass wasn’t always greener as 44% said their new workplace was about the same or even worse than what they left behind.
Finishing their work at breakneck speed so they can leave quickly is considered the most common way for workers to counter their troubles.
While 37% rarely engage with colleagues to avoid irritation, and 30% will simply avoid the office as much as possible.
And 27% will simply plug in their headphones to drown out office noise and irritation.
In fact, 40% even admitted that they are less productive when they are in the office because of what annoys them, according to the survey conducted via OnePoll.
The Workplace Depot spokesperson added: ‘It is clear from these findings that many white-collar workers in the UK are fed up with what happens around them between 9am and 5pm.
“But like many things in life, if you don’t fix the problem, it will only get worse.
“It’s important that these workers stand up for what they think is good office conduct – even if it’s behind a passive-aggressive note.”
Top 50 Office Problems
1. Computer problems
2. Computers are slow
3. People talk loudly
4. People who have conversations right behind your desk
5. People who leave dirty dishes in the sink
6. When someone calls in sick when you know they’re not sick
7. Smelly toilets
8. Printers break down
9. People who come to work when they are sick
10. People taking things from your desk without asking
11. People who don’t clean the microwave when their food spills
12. Computers crash
13. Dirty toilets
14. Not being able to wear comfortable clothes
15. Someone Sucks The Boss
16. Having to tell people about their weekends/plans even if you don’t care
17. People who get too close when talking to you.
18. Food left in the fridge that has passed its best before date
19. Someone is cooking smelly food for lunch.
20. The phone rings constantly
21. Dirty fingers on shared keyboards/mouse in case of shared desktop
22. The temperature always being too hot
23. People who open windows without checking with people nearby
24. Someone takes my chair while I’m away from my desk
25. Virtually no natural light
26. The temperature always being too cold
27. Having to sit in small meeting rooms with lots of people
28. People “extend” their desktop onto yours
29. People who send passive aggressive emails to the whole office
30. Hot desking
31. People who don’t put a new roll of toilet paper on the holder
32. People leave half-eaten food in the fridge/kitchen
33. Not being able to listen to music
34. People who hang up the phone without saying goodbye
35. People who print reams of paper from the printer
36. Lights left on unnecessarily in rooms
37. Not being able to have TV running in the background during the day
38. People who start a phone conversation without any jokes first
39. People brag about the quality of their work
40. There are never any parking spaces
41. People who sing or whistle without realizing it
42. No greenery, like plants
43. Lunch dishes left on desks
44. People put food in trash cans right next to your desk.
45. Empty milk cartons left in the fridge
46. Belongings left gathering dust on desks
47. No one ever says thank you
48. Lack of kitchen amenities/facilities
49. No recycling bins
50. People who now refuse to be part of the tea tour