POINTLESS MEETINGS SPARK OFFICE RAGE

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POINTLESS MEETINGS SPARK OFFICE RAGE

 user 2007-10-11 at 12:26:00 pm Views: 63
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    Pointless meetings spark ‘office rage’
    Workers at breaking point, finds survey
    Oct
    2007 Long and pointless meetings are the principal cause of anger in
    European offices, according to new research into ‘office rage’ by
    digital imaging company Canon.The poll also found that ill manners and
    office politics are most likely to frustrate workers in the UK and
    Ireland.Some 68 per cent of respondents cited ‘being spoken down to’ as
    the most common cause of work related stress in the office, followed by
    ‘office politics’ cited by 58 per cent.As many as eight in 10 office
    workers in the UK and Ireland have witnessed acts of ‘visible anger’
    when colleagues have let their frustration get the better of them.It
    seems that the Italians are the worst, however, as 94 per cent of
    respondents claimed that displays of anger are ‘commonplace’ in the
    office.The main reason for UK and Ireland workers to lose their temper
    was ‘being spoken down to by a boss or colleague’ (61 per cent), but PC
    downtime (24 per cent) and people leaving paper jams in printers for
    others to fix (24 per cent) also scored highly.The UK’s most angry
    offices appear to be Cardiff, where 69 per cent admitted to outbursts
    in the office, followed by Belfast and Birmingham both at 56 per
    cent.Workers in Dundee, Brighton and Newcastle are the calmest and
    least prone to temper tantrums.Nearly 20 per cent of UK workers
    admitted to kicking or breaking office equipment when it fails to work,
    with the desk, stapler, phone, keyboard and printer most often in the
    firing line for acts of retribution.”For people to feel less stressed
    in the office, they need to feel more in control of their working life
    and working environment,” said Lucy Beresford, a psychotherapist and
    occupational stress expert.”When this control is lost through external
    events such as a rude boss, sitting in a pointless meeting or a printer
    jam that no one wants to fix, it doesn’t take much for the average
    office worker to snap.”There is no doubt that office rage is on the
    increase, but a range of initiatives such as crisper meetings or
    interpersonal kindness could reduce stress levels and even extend the
    life expectancy of office equipment.”Beresford recommended several tips
    for helping to reduce office rage, including cutting the length and
    frequency of meetings and ensuring a specific agenda.She also mentioned
    taking to colleagues and bosses about frustrations in the workplace,
    and not being rude or getting involved in office politics.Beresford
    urged everyone to take time to relax during the working day, as well as
    making sure that they take a proper lunch break and get enough sleep at
    night.