More creative excuses for not showing up at the office: it's Elvis' birthday; gas is too expensive; dog sprayed by skunk; need to spy on my gardener; stumbled on the love of my life
of more than 1,000 American office workers was conducted in
Workplace Bonding Bombs: Almost three-quarters of office workers have at least one company event they secretly dislike; 34 percent of office workers secretly dislike participating in costume contests followed by 31 percent who say they dislike team-building activities. The most disliked office event for male co-workers is office baby showers (42 percent) while female workers hate staff photos (31 percent).
Office Stressors: While some find best friends at the office, we also have to work with difficult colleagues. Almost half (49 percent) of respondents work with a "know-it-all" and 44 percent work with a "whiner." In fact, 51 percent believe that a "constant complainer" would be the most annoying type of person to sit next to every day.
Bad Bosses: The No. 1 worst type of boss is a boss who steals our ideas (37 percent), followed by a boss that knows it all (33 percent). Twenty-seven percent of office workers dislike bosses who ignore them. Many people are getting more creative at avoiding their bosses. Thirty percent of office workers say they've scheduled time off around their bosses' vacation in order to maximize the time they won't have to spend together. This isn't just a junior-level ploy: 39 percent of executive and manager-level workers admit to this move compared to 27 percent of mid- and junior-level workers.
Dream Bosses: Many of us daydream about working for someone we've
watched on television. Office workers would most like to work for Gibbs
from "NCIS" (20 percent),
What We Say When We're Out: "I'm sick" continues to be a common excuse but office workers are getting especially creative about finding a way to avoid going in to the office. Here are just a few excuses according to survey respondents:
What's It Worth to You? A majority of workers who have never worked remotely (64 percent) identify at least one extremely popular perk or pleasure they'd be willing to give up in order to work from home just one day a week: lunch breaks (32 percent), alcohol (25 percent) and coffee (20 percent).
Home Office Fashion: If you work from home, you may like to brag that you can do it all in your pajamas. And for most people, working from home means dressing down, but only so far. Nearly half (49 percent) of those who have worked from home say they're most likely to wear jeans and t-shirts when on the job — on the couch. Twenty-five percent are most likely to work in their PJs while 7 percent keep it simple — real simple — working from home in their underwear or birthday suit.
Reply vs. Ignore: Say you're finally on vacation and everything is perfect — until that urgent work email arrives. Surprisingly, an overwhelming majority of office workers (72 percent) say they would be more likely to respond immediately to the urgent work email than they would be to pretend they didn't see it.
"These findings show what all of us who work in offices know — life at
the office can often be challenging," said
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