The boss’s pet peeve: it’s not what you think [infographic]
What do employees think is the most common breach of workplace etiquette? Gossip, according to a new survey from temp staffing service Accountemps.
Employers, however, had a different pet peeve: Being distracted during meetings.
The surveys, conducted by an independent research firm, include responses from more than 2,100 CFOs and workers across the U.S.
CFOs and workers were asked, “Which one of the following is the most common breach of workplace etiquette committed by your staff/coworkers?”
Distraction came in first for CEOs, followed by gossiping about others in the office, and not responding to communications in a timely manner.
Workers, in the other hand chose gossiping about coworkers as the most common, followed by not responding to communications, then being distracted during meetings.
It seems like a fairly explicable distinction – bosses don’t like it when they’re ignored or disrespected and employees don’t like to be gossiped about, and neither group is as directly affected by the other’s peeve and is therefore less likely to be bothered by or notice it.
“The results show managers might not have a full understanding of how widespread gossip is at work,” said Bill Driscoll, a district president of Accountemps, in a press release. “Likewise, workers may not be aware that their bosses notice distracted behavior during meetings.”
The lesson, if you want to get along with your colleagues and superiors: be respectful in all situations. It’s not rocket science.
Here’s an infographic of the findings.