Bad Personal Hygiene an Annoyance in the Workplace

March 1, 2012 ( – Seventy-nine percent of employees feel aggrieved in the workplace.

According to a survey conducted by Yahoo! Shine and Fitness Magazine, workers are annoyed with both the personal behavior and the work habits of their colleagues. Topping the list among men, 41% are turned off by co-workers’ body odor. Nearly as many women think their colleagues could do better in the hygiene department, at 38%.

Women are most likely to be annoyed when another steals credit for their ideas. This peeve is number one on the list for 41% of all women (and 36% of men). Forty-four percent of 18-34 year-olds, both men and women, say this really annoys them.

About a third of workers (33% of women and 31% of men) are irked by hearing a colleague’s loud, personal telephone conversations.

According to the survey, men and women are equally aggrieved when someone swipes their food out of the office refrigerator; 27% report this is their biggest complaint. And, if you were thinking of eating that onion pizza or garlicky meatball sub on the job, perhaps you should save it for the weekend. It will gross out 13% of your male and 12% of your female colleagues.

The survey was conducted among 2,000 men and women.