These are findings of an admittedly non-scientific survey conducted by LinkedIn to find office worker’s pet peeves. The study polled around 1,000 LinkedIn users in 16 countries (save for India with 418).
And if you think Westerners are less prudish than their Asian counterparts, you’re wrong. The humble cleavage has a universal ability to set pulses racing — or blood boiling.
In Singapore, wearing revealing clothes in the office only peeved off 29 percent of men, but 57 percent of women. In India, it cheesed off 48 percent of men and 68 percent of women.
Australians too find that behavior unacceptable; 23 percent of men and 61 percent of women showing disapproval.
Here’s another interesting finding: Singaporeans are the most irritable professionals in the 17 countries surveyed — which is an insult (we must be number one in everything).
Their top three peeves are: People not taking ownership for their actions, dirty common areas, and constant complainers.
Indians have emerged number one in this survey, finding 19 of 38 listed habits irritating. They also have rather sensitive ears, with 74 percent expressing a dislike for loud or irritating mobile phone ringtones. The Italians, on the other hand, are the most laid back bunch, selecting only 15 of 38 pet peeves. Which is a ridiculously small margin.
The Japanese are probably the most boring office workers around — 40 percent of them can’t stand office pranks. So think twice before trying something funny on April Fools’ Day (unless you hate that wanker).
So what has this survey got to do with entrepreneurship? Well, it certainly does remind us how complex working relationships can get.
Especially when it comes to gender dynamics.
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