Avoid Office Pet Peeves With Virtual Office Space

Do you have office pet peeves? Most people do. LinkedIn set out to discover what the most common ones are—and the results are telling.

"In nearly every office there's at least one co-worker whose quirks drive colleagues up the cubicle wall," says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's connection director and best-selling author of the book, "Girl on Top." "Sometimes the most irritating office offenders don't even realize that their behavior impacts the rest of their team. It is crucial for you to solve the annoyance before it disrupts your work performance and career."

See if any of these pet peeves also make it on your personal list, then consider how working from a virtual office at least part-time could help you avoid the irritation:

Americans get more irritated than other nationals by co-workers taking others' food from the office refrigerator. When you work at home from a virtual office, you might have to contend for the leftover pizza with your teenagers, but at least you’ll have something else in the house to eat for lunch.

Brazilians are the most annoyed of any national group by excessive gossiping. When you work from a virtual office, you can avoid a lot of the gossip—or at least you don’t have to hear about it!

Germans are annoyed by dirty common areas (the community microwave or refrigerator) more than the rest of the world. Your home-based virtual office can be as clean or as messy as you’d like and you don’t have to answer to anyone.

Indians react more negatively to irritating mobile phone ringtones. Your own phone  might annoy you, but in your virtual office space you don’t have to hear everyone else’s—and you can always turn yours off.

There were also gender differences in the findings. For example, 62 percent of U.S. women were bothered by "clothing that's too revealing for the workplace," while only 29 percent of U.S. men surveyed said that was a problem. The Swedish are the most tolerant of what others wear in the workplace, but there is still a gender split: revealing clothing irritates 35 percent of the women in Sweden, but only 12 percent of the men. You can work in your Pajamas from a virtual office and on one will ever know.


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