A press release said the poll of more than 2,000 executives conducted by TheLadders.com found that of managers who have terminated employees for office etiquette offenses, 38.4% cited bad language as the reason, and 36.5% cited workplace gossip.
Other etiquette offenses resulting in termination reported by managers, according to the press release, were:
- Drinking on the job (35.2%),
- Leaving the office without telling anyone (33.6%), and
- Too many personal calls (28%).
Almost all (98.7%) survey respondents said the idea of office etiquette does exist and the majority (69.7%) said they would fire an employee for bad office manners. The bulk of respondents (82.4%) have given an official warning for etiquette offences such as personal calls, loud talking, or revealing clothing.
Survey respondents had a different take on what behavior is most offensive from a colleague than from subordinates. While, 81.2% of senior execs said a foul-mouthed colleague is unacceptable to work alongside, other offenses ranked higher, including:
- Eating someone else’s food from the fridge (97.8%),
- Bad hygiene (95.6%),
- Bad habits (88.2%),
- Drinking on the job (85.7%), and
- Wastefulness with paper (82%).
Also deemed unacceptable by survey respondents were cooking smelly food in the office microwave (74.1%) and sneaking peaks at the BlackBerry in meetings (63.5%).
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