A recent survey has suggested that workers have named colleagues being too noisy whilst eating, problems with temperature control in the workplace and IT issues as being amongst the leading complaints of staff.
It is easy to take a light hearted attitude towards issues of this type. This would be a mistake as issues such as these can contribute to staff leaving or at the very least to creating tensions in the workplace, lowering morale and reducing productivity.
Recently there has been a significant focus on the productivity or perceived lack of it in the UK and employers need to think carefully about issues that may affect the performance of their staff.
Rather than take a light hearted view of such issues and allowing them to fester and escalate, employers who become aware of similar concerns affecting their staff need to address them by speaking to staff about them and implementing appropriate measures to tackle them.
If your colleague munching loudly on their lunch is driving you mad then you're not alone. Noisy or messy eaters, alongside moaning, were among the top complaints of 1,000 office workers asked to name their biggest workplace irritations.