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KITCHEN QUARRELS LEAD TO WORKPLACE WARFARE WOES WITH TWO IN THREE OFFICE WORKERS FALLING OUT

The kitchen is the heart of workplace arguments and annoyances according to new research. Research of 1,000 UK office workers carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk revealed 67% have had a falling out over kitchen cleanliness and washing up in the past 12 months.

Talking loudly regularly upsets half (52%) of UK office workers, while lateness and poor timekeeping registered high on the list of frustrations for 45%. 37% cited bad personal hygiene, including body odour, coffee breath and cigarette smoke laden clothing.

More than a quarter (28%) listed inclusion in drinks rounds as a point of contention.

A quarter (23%) of office workers reported falling out over running out of milk, coffee and tea bags. Lost or stolen food and drink also caused frustration for 17% of office workers.

When faced with these problems, 15% have directly confronted a colleague, while a third (35%) have sent a passive aggressive email or left a note.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk comments: “The office is a place for productivity, although the research shows that things can boil over especially when it comes to kitchen etiquette. A harmonious workplace can be disrupted by small stresses, with the data showing those in typically more pressured industries and environments have a higher level of frustration, and lower patience threshold.”

Younger members of staff, those aged 18-24, were most likely to confront a colleague and resolve their issues.

Those working in financial services (93%) reported the highest level of office upsets, followed by information and communications (89%).

Healthcare (85%), real estate (84%) and education (83%) industries rounded off the top five industries most likely to see a workplace dispute.