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Annoying office habits

A fictional manager doing strange dance moves

Has this fictional manager got an annoying office habit?

Are there things about your work colleagues that really annoy you? In this week's 6 Minute English, Rob and Jennifer reveal some of the worst office habits.

A survey of 2,000 managers discovered what irritated their workers about each other. Some habits were trivial or small, others showed bad manners, while some were just disgusting.

In the programme we talk about who should take responsibility for creating a better working environment, and discuss some of the language associated with bad habits.

This week's question:

What is the annoying habit of onychophagia is commonly known as?

a) Picking your nose

b) Biting your nails

c) Talking very loudly

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Annoying office habits

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to get under your skin

to annoy, irritate or bother you

pet hates

small things that you particularly find annoying


causing you to stop concentrating on what you are trying to do

to kick the habit

to stop doing something that is bad for you


words and phrases that only make sense to people doing the same kind of work


something that annoys or irritates you


on time

a water-cooler moment

a time when work colleagues get together by the water-cooler and discuss trivial matters such as something they saw on television


showing willingness to accept someone else's behaviour or habits

to air your grievances

to complain, protest



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