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Workplace horror and nightmare co-workers

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Recent research found that the most feared workplace horror among British workers is having a ‘bullying boss’ (28%), followed by having a toxic workplace culture (21%), team conflicts (10%), and unexpected overtime hours (10%).

Despite the rise of tech and new communication channels entering the workplace, ‘communication overload’ went bottom and was only chosen by 3% of employees as their most feared workplace horror.

With regards to mistakes at work that haunt employees the most, the more traditional error of calling a colleague by the wrong name ranked in first place (19%), followed by making an embarrassing typo on a document (18%) and sending a confidential email to the wrong contact (13%).

Almost half of employees prefer finishing early as rewards. Other than that, a company bonus scheme (27%), perks in the office such as table tennis, free snacks and coffee (18%) and free beers on Fridays (6%) are also appreciated.

Finally, here is a ranking of what a nightmare colleague would have done to annoy the respondents the most.


  1. Having bad manners (e.g. chewing food loudly and/or not cleaning up their dishes and mugs)
  2. Taking credit for others' work
  3. Playing music extremely loudly
  4. Being an office slacker
  5. Drops by your desk unexpectedly
  6. Being envious of others

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