December 22 2016.

New research from AXA PPP healthcare reveals aspects of office behaviour and employee habits that bosses find most irksome.Topping the table of annoying employee habits, from a poll of owners, MDs and senior managers were poor time-keeping (32 per cent) and office cliques (31 per cent), with respondents also reporting being repelled by ‘disgusting’ habits such as nose-picking and beard-crumbs (16 per cent), with flirting and office romances (13 per cent) bringing up the rear.

Asked about their biggest bugbears of working in a small business, in addition to arguably predictable business issues such as being under pressure from suppliers or bigger rivals (25 per cent), lacking budget for basic business necessities (20 per cent) and being stretched by the demands of their role (16 per cent), one in ten confessed to not liking people they worked with. 

When asked about what they think motivates their employees, respondents pinpointed pay (32 per cent), passion for their job (25 per cent) and loyalty (16 per cent) as the top three factors driving employees to succeed.

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