Workers don’t want to return to the office because of ‘annoying’ colleagues, study finds

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WORKERS don’t want to return to the office because they dread seeing their colleagues, a study has found.

Four out of ten Brits say “annoying” workmates are the reason why they are reluctant to go back to HQ.

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And the never-ending battle about shared workspaces being too hot or too cold was also a major bugbear for 35 per cent of staff who have grown accustomed to working from home during the pandemic.

Nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) said colleagues’ bad habits including chatting, clicking their fingers, humming or singing and whistling were an issue why they didn’t want to return.

And a further 20 per cent said that the poor hygiene of the people sharing their workspace was their main cause for concern, with one in ten finding what their colleagues eat for lunch “offensive”.

In November the government said people should work from home until April if possible and offices are expected to re-open fully in June.


The study by manufacturing Airdi, also found Covid-19 a concern for over a quarter of respondents (26%), despite the excellent progress of the vaccination programme in the UK. Steve Whittall, of Airdri, said: “It’s going to be a big culture shift as companies do tentatively welcome their employees back.

“As a nation we have gotten used to homeworking over the past year, and sharing a space with others it seems, is weighing on our minds as we tentatively ease our way out of lockdown and back to normality.

“But where most are looking forward to being sociable in pubs, restaurants and seeing family, mixing with others in the workplace does not seem to hold quite the same appeal.”

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