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What makes office colleagues mad

Date 1 Nov 2007
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Colleagues chatting loudly, coughing or sneezing are the main causes of distraction for office staff, according to a new report. Pointless meetings and being asked silly questions are another big hindrance, it is claimed.

One in 10 admit they can be distracted if they have a crush on a colleague, says a poll from recruitment company Office Angels. Other so called "desk-tractions" include annoying mobile phone ring tones and mobiles left on desks ringing unanswered. But around one in seven of those questioned said they actually found distractions a welcome relief from work.

Office Angels Managing Director David Clubb said: "Desk-tractions are part of office life and of course we all need breaks and breathers from our work throughout the day. However, it is important to be aware of how seemingly innocent actions affect others."

Seven out of 10 of those surveyed said loud and chatty colleagues were the main distraction.

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