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These are the behaviors managers find most annoying at work

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If you’re hoping to get on your manager’s good side, you’re going to want to read this!

A survey by staffing firm Accountemps, a Robert Half company, listed five workplace behaviors and asked more than 2,200 CFOs to cite the behavior that annoys them the most about workers.

Of the five annoying workplace behaviors, two of them came out on top:

  • Sloppy work or lacking attention to detail – 35 percent
  • Gossiping or engaging in office politics – 28 percent
  • Missing deadlines – 17 percent
  • Being perpetually late – 12 percent
  • Presenting other’s ideas as one’s own – 8 percent

“People, particularly CFOs, want to work with colleagues they know will produce quality work. When mistakes are made and not caught, the company’s reputation can suffer,” said Ryan Gatto, regional vice president for Robert Half International. “When managers receive poor quality work from employees they have to take the time out of their own roles to fix it, which is not part of their daily responsibility.”

And while it can be hard to resist the lure of office gossip, it’s a behavior that managers are finding more annoying in the workplace.

During a survey done in 2011, Accountemps gave managers the same five workplace behaviors, and only 23 percent listed gossiping or engaging in office politics as the most annoying. In 2016, 28 percent cited it, a 5 percent increase from 2011.

“When your workers are involved in gossip or politics that pulls them away or distracts them from getting the work done that they need to get done when it comes to hitting deadlines or just making sure that their work is accurate and quality work,” Gatto said.

Twelve percent of managers listed being late as their number one pet peeve in 2016.

“Being on time and punctual is one of the fundamental basics of just being a good employee,” Gatto said. “This is just a reflection of you and your reputation.”

Being late, according to Gatto, is a behavior that is simple enough to fix.

Another workplace behavior that saw a jump in the 2016 survey is workers who present other’s ideas as their own.  In 2016, 8 percent of managers listed this as their top annoying behavior, a 3 percent jump from 2011.

The survey was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

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