5 Worst Office Habits If you want to please your co-workers, stop complaining By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Oct 2, 2011 3:15 PM CDT 2 comments Comments Bad office etiquette can be a real pain in the neck. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – LinkedIn asked more than 17,000 professionals around the globe to name their biggest workplace pet peeve—and, surprisingly, the top spot went to something a bit more serious than leaving your smelly food in the office fridge. The top five: Those who don’t take ownership of their actions. Co-workers who complain too much. Gross common areas (see stinky food reference above). Meetings that start late or go long. Colleagues who never respond to email. Click for more, including a breakdown of country-specific complaints (employees in the US really, really don’t like their food to be stolen from the office fridge).