Nicki was recently reading a newspaper article about how the average worker spends 2 weeks a year complaining in the office and it got her thinking.
Could I really be wasting 2 weeks a year complaining at work? I’d like to think not…I have the occasional gripe but 2 weeks’ worth…really? According to the article I was reading, here are the top 10 office complaints:
- getting a phone call when you’re about to leave the office (depends who the caller is and how much time I have)
- computers on a go-slow/crashing for no apparent reason (switching off and on again usually works)
- office temperature being too high/low (I bring lots of layers in just in case)
- printers jamming or breaking down (this can be frustrating if it’s not obvious what’s wrong)
- being in the office when the weather is lovely outside (our office balcony solves this one)
- difficult colleagues (I don’t have any of these, thankfully)
- people not replying to emails (I guess you could talk to them instead)
- people complaining about how busy they are
- colleagues who suck up to the boss, and finally…
- someone stealing your favourite mug!
Whilst I’m occasionally guilty of the IT-related complaints, I like to think this is just part of office life and the issues are quick to sort and easily dealt with (mostly). If I had to guess at what my biggest complaint is, it’s that there aren’t enough hours in the day but if my day isn’t going to plan for whatever reason, I’d hopefully take steps to sort it without resorting to having a good moan. Reading this article has served as a reminder of this next time I feel a gripe coming on! Hopefully, I’m a generally cheerful person to work with and that someone will soon tell me if not (form an orderly queue!).
What about you? Do you have a ‘top 10 gripes’ list? Be honest with yourself…how much time do you think you spend complaining in the office? And what will you do to reduce it?