‘Carp’ diem: Most workers complain for the equivalent of two weeks a year

March 20, 2018

How often do you bemoan your professional fate? A recent survey conducted on behalf of London-based  working animal charity, SPANA, by OnePoll  has found  that the average employee spends the equivalent of two working weeks a year griping about his or her job.

One in 20 start bellyaching the minute they sit down at their desks. Another 15% admit that they “whine all day long.”

The survey of 2,000 office workers also identified the most common complaints that employees have—chief among them, getting a call for assistance five minutes before the end of the day. Other top gripes included IT problems, air conditioning being too high or too low, and unnecessary emails.

The poll also found two-thirds of people are most likely to sound off to other colleagues, but most are unlikely to do anything about their work worries—with more than two-thirds owning up to the fact they wouldn’t confront a colleague who was annoying them.

Seven in 10 say they often feel irritable at work, and 52% admitting their whole working day can be ruined by just a few small irritations.

Other factors that affect how good a day is going to be include what the commute is like on the way in (35%) and how much work there is to do (43%).  Another 25% say their day is affected by whether or not the boss is going to be in.

The survey was part of a campaign rolled out in cooperation with 72Point, a London-based public relations firm.

Research contact:  hello@onepoll.com

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