Over a third (34%) of office workers cite gossiping as the leading cause of workplace disputes, according to research by Brother UK.
In a poll of 1,594 office workers, colleagues being too loud was listed as the second most common cause of disputes (31%), followed by messy colleagues (27%), stolen items, such as stationery, sandwiches and mugs (26%) and late colleagues (26%).
It’s not just disputes causing chaos in the office, as the research found almost two thirds (61%) of office workers have at least four plugs under their desk, but 71% of them admit they don’t know which plug belongs to which piece of equipment – posing a major risk of accidental shutdowns and hours of lost work.
In fact, nearly a third (31%) admitted to having lost work in the last year due to their computer being accidentally shut down.
Phil Jones, managing director at Brother UK, said: “Offices that run most efficiently are those that get the simple things right. Many businesses focus on the big, complex solutions and lose sight of the smaller details which can make all the difference. Quick wins like labelling personal items as well as business critical wires and plugs can help avoid millions of hours of lost productivity caused by disputes among colleagues.”