Does the office sometimes remind you of high school, or even elementary school? Surveys by CareerBuilder suggest adolescent behaviors in the workplace are common.
More than three-quarters (77%) of employees surveyed said they have witnessed some type of childish behavior among colleagues. More than half (55%) have seen whining, and 46% said colleagues have pouted over something that didn’t go their way.
Other juvenile behaviors witnessed by employees included:
- Tattling on a coworker – 44%;
- Playing a prank on a coworker – 36%;
- Making a face behind someone’s back – 35%;
- Forming a clique – 32%;
- Starting a rumor about a coworker – 30%;
- Storming out of the room – 29%;
- Throwing a tantrum – 27%; and
- Refusing to share resources with others – 23%.
Specific immature behaviors included:
- Company owner threw tantrums, yelled and slammed doors when he didn’t get his way;
- Employee hid to get away from duties and work responsibility;
- Employee intentionally set up a coworker to get him/her in trouble;
- Employee ate other employees’ food from the company refrigerator;
- Employee blocked parking spots to prevent other employees from parking closer to the front door;
- Employee gossiped about all of his direct reports then pretended to be their advocate;
- Employee constantly pulled up inappropriate content on her cell phone and showed it to her “clique”; and
- Employee went to lunch and never came back.