Have You Heard the Latest on Pet Peeves?

Gossip, 'reply all' abuse are driving your co-workers nuts
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2007 2:49 PM CDT
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(Newser) – "MYOB" is great advice, say office workers who blame poor manners for making cubicle life so bad. Gossip was the biggest annoyance for 60% of people surveyed in a new Harris Interactive poll. More than half complained of co-workers misusing work time with personal calls and web surfing, and 45% said untidiness gets under their skin, Reuters reports.

"People are not taking into account that the workplace is very open now,” said an exec with the firm that commissioned the survey. And even emailers who manage to master the tricky "reply all" function can't hide behind the "bcc," which he compared to "standing up and shouting fire in the middle of a building."