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LinkedIn Study: Top Office Pet Peeves Revealed In Global Survey

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/29/11 12:48 PM ET Updated: 11/28/11 05:12 AM ET

Office Workers Pet Peeves

The perils of working a nine-to-five can test even the sanest of office workers.

Americans find people who steal their food the most irritating, while office gossip truly annoys Brazilians.

Those are some of the findings from a new LinkedIn study that uncovers the top office pet peeves throughout the world.

In a survey of 17,000 people, the findings also showed the Japanese don't appreciate office pranks, just as Indians find annoying ringtones to be the most blood boiling habit. If you happen to be in Germany, make sure you clean up after yourself, because dirty common areas frustrate the Germans more than any other nation.

According to LinkedIn's infographic, India was the country with the most office pet peeves, while Italy had the fewest and the U.S. fell in the middle, the Financial Post reported.

Meanwhile, the study also looked at gender. A majority of American women surveyed (62%) were most irked by inappropriate clothing, but only 29% of American men felt that was a problem.

Yet there are some things that irritate people no matter what culture or gender. The number one pet peeve of all professionals worldwide? People not taking ownership for their actions ranking at 78%.

In an interview with Forbes, Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's Connection Director said "Many just don't realize their behavior may be annoying, and it can be a career killer if you never correct it. Young employees may also take the feedback personally and overreact."

Williams explained in a press statement, brushing it under the carpet is not the answer. "It is crucial for you to solve the annoyance before it disrupts your work performance and career."

But if the findings of this LinkedIn survey still haven't calmed you, why not contribute to a website called AnnoyingCoworker.com. Not only can you vent your frustrations anonymously, but you can also commiserate with other people ticked off from over sharing or inconsiderate colleagues.

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