Food Issues Plague America’s Office Workers

LinkedIn office peevesBank auditor Dedan Kimenyi is irritated by “opinionated and bossy” co-workers.

Jidia Gasana, an engineer, says strong perfume in the office is her pet peeve. “It is like people douse themselves with perfume overnight,” she says.

These folks work in Kigali, Rwanda, proving that no matter where you are or what you do, there’s always some annoying co-worker around.

A U.K. food company commissioned a study of office workers in the nation of stiff upper lips finding (a coincidence you suppose?) 57% of them agreeing noisy eating to be the most offensive trait of their co-workers. (The company, Ainsley Harriott Cup Soup, makes, yes indeed, soup, which can be noisily slurped.)

Next most annoying was messiness, followed by a failure to wash up. Ughhh.

The U.S. has its own office food issues. What most offends workers here, say 65% of those in a LinkedIn poll, is taking someone else’s food from the office fridge. Which reminds me of a time I had to referee a dispute over pizza leftover after a late night work session. Three pieces, two workers, and both felt entitled to the extra slice as neither had gotten any pizza the night before. (They had both gone home.)

Ever so Solomon like in my wisdom, I ate the third piece, pleasing neither of them, but satisfying both my appetite and my managerial instincts.

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John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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