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Local employees are most irked by co-workers who don’t take ownership for their actions and dirty common areas in the office, according to a global survey by LinkedIn.

The survey found Australian workers third biggest pet peeve are constant complainers, and that 61 percent of female employees are bothered by “clothing that’s too revealing for the workplace,” with only 23 percent of men survey reporting this as a problem.

LinkedIn also found a number of interesting differences across countries and cultures, including:

  • Americans get more irritated than other nationals by co-workers taking others’ food from the office refrigerator;
  • Brazilians are the most annoyed of any national group by excessive gossiping;
  • Germans are annoyed by dirty common areas (the community microwave or refrigerator) more than the rest of the world;
  • Indians react more negatively to irritating mobile phone ringtones; and
  • Japanese are more peeved by office pranks than others.

Regardless of nationality or gender, the biggest pet peeve of all professionals (selected by 78 percent of the more than 17,000 surveyed globally) is “people not taking ownership for their actions.”

India was found as the country with the most pet peeves, and Italy the one with the fewest. Australia ranked at number seven of the 16 countries in the survey.

According to HappeningPeople.com Workplace Expert Samuel Day, it’s common for professionals to have a few pet peeves.

“However, it is important to be aware that you may also be unknowingly disrupting your colleagues. There is a fine line between having a quirk and displaying disrespectful workplace habits.”

“Left unchecked, these bad habits can go on to have negative effects on your career,” he added.

Lorna Brett

Lorna Brett

Lorna was Dynamic Business’ Social Web Editor in 2011/12. She’s a social media obsessed journalist, who has a passion for small business. Outside the 9 to 5, you’re likely to find her trawling the web for online bargains, perfecting her amateur photography skills or enjoying one too many cappucinos. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/dynamicbusiness">Twitter @DynamicBusiness</a>

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