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
- 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