Sloppy “Working Joe’s” Annoying to Coworkers

May 10, 2011 ( - In a recent Accountemps survey, 41% of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said lacking attention to detail and presenting sloppy work are the coworker behaviors that annoy them most.

Gossiping or engaging in office politics also are pet peeves, cited by 23% of respondents. Other annoying behaviors cited include missing deadlines (18%), being perpetually late (12%), and presenting other’s ideas as one’s own (5%).  

“Having to constantly double-check someone else’s work is a sure recipe for tension between coworkers,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, in a press release. “The success of any team depends on everyone carrying his or her weight.”  

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with more than 20 employees.