A recent survey conducted by Career Junction on workplace etiquette revealed that South Africans don’t like working in open plan offices.
Nearly 2 000 people took part in the survey on workplace etiquette, revealing some interesting facts:
Open Plan Offices:
According to Career Junction’s survey, about 60% of respondents felt they have no privacy in an open plan environment and over 70% said they prefer to be separated from colleagues. Another 20% preferred to work from home.
“When looking at respondents’ behaviour at work, this ambivalence is clear. About half seem to wear their headphones and list things like interruptions and background noise as their biggest pain-points, while many claim that they can’t really be bothered by these things and just ignore it.
Inappropriate use of language, weird smells and personal phone calls
According to the survey, inappropriate use of language, weird smells and personal phone calls are also on the list of major irritations.
But, luckily, the survey revealed that the majority seem to keep it together and stay professional.
“75% of respondents also said they will only approach colleagues if it’s urgent and won’t bother them with emails or instant messages unnecessarily.”
Ringtones and arriving late
5% of the participants admitted that others’ ringtones drive them mad and over 40% said that colleagues arriving late for work/meetings irritate them.
Other said that favoritism is an issue in the workplace with 43% of respondents saying that they’ve been negatively affected by it.
South Africans revealed that office politics is an issue.
49% of job seekers in fact found that they had to occasionally deal with office politics, while nearly a quarter reported it to be a constant issue.
In resolving matters and dealing with conflict, most participants said they’d rather deal with the problem directly, instead of going to a manager first (11%) or directly to HR (1.5%).
Only 27% of participants said that office gossip was a problem in the workplace.