How well do you know your co-workers? Some new research into some UK workplace wants and woes brings with it some surprising results.
Do you know what makes your colleagues happy and perhaps, what might also drive them up the wall?
A new study launched by My Nametags has uncovered some fresh UK workplace truths when it comes to the modern office environment, detailing some of the most common wants and woes of office workers.
With an opening statistic stating that over 65% of workers believe that the social interaction from regular hot drinks rounds helps them to bond better, what else could continue to make us a hero (or a villain) of the UK workplace?
UK Workplace Wants
When it comes to what workers want from those that they interact with in the workplace, the research reveals that from the thoughts and opinions of 2,000 British office workers:
• 93% really appreciate help in relieving heavy workloads by other colleagues.
• 92% are thankful when receiving assistance with technical issues in the workplace from their co-workers.
• 87% admire their colleagues for stepping up to save them from a challenging client/customer or difficult phone call.
• 77% hold high admiration for anyone willing to take lead of the hot drinks round.
Alongside these statistics, those studied also commented that a worker who was able to make other colleagues laugh whilst at work would make them one of the more popular members of a team.
Additionally, colleagues who were happy to share stationery and other office items are considered as people that are easier to bond with in the UK workplace.
UK Workplace Woes
On the opposite spectrum however, the study determined that the following work faux pas were the most likely to cause grumbles amongst the workplace and cause friction between colleagues:
• 50% of workers confess to secretly judging colleagues who refuse to make drinks for others during hot drinks rounds.
• 56% admit that noticing another colleague not ‘pulling their weight’ or contributing to team efforts was likely to cause discontent.
• 45% would be angry with anyone in the office who regularly took credit for someone else’s work.
• 37% express their annoyance when noticing a colleague was regularly late when turning up for work.
Furthermore, some of the other situations that are likely to make a co-workers blood boil include noticing workers spending too much time browsing Social Media (33%), confrontational colleagues (31%) and workers who leave washing up/dirty kitchenware in the office sink regularly (31%).
Social Rituals Important For Positive Office Culture
Providing some further insight on the study and some of the findings is Chartered Psychologist, Beverley Stone, who comments:
“From my perspective, the most significant finding from the research is the large extent that people are motivated by small gestures.
These are often overlooked by organisations, or even considered not important.
The environment we work in has a huge impact on our self-image and we need to feel valued and respected in order to thrive.
Positive interactions with colleagues are so vital, as they reinforce feelings of belonging and being appreciated.”
Stone continues more on the repercussions of the negative actions of others in the UK workplace, explaining:
“Not feeling supported or believing that their colleagues lack integrity can lead talented people to look elsewhere for work, which will have a big impact on a business.
This is why social rituals, however small, are an important part of UK office culture.”