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Thursday 14 December 2017

Eight in 10 workers angry with their lazy colleagues

Grainne Cunningham

UP to 80pc of Irish workers feel angry at their colleagues for failing to pull their weight, a new survey shows.

And 75pc of workers believe that when they tell their boss about their grievances they are not listened to and nothing changes.

But the number one gripe of employees is the lazy workmate who fails to carry their share of the labour burden, according to research carried out by Peninsula Ireland, an employment law consultancy.

The research is based on the replies of 341 workers who answered a questionnaire during the months of August and September this year.

Peninsula managing director Alan Price said the survey also showed the workplace is in need of some "anger management therapy".

He said there has been a 15pc increase in the number of grievances being reported to Peninsula in the past two years, in comparison to the preceding period.

Mr Price stressed the importance of raising any grievance in a calm, formal manner.


He said that Peninsula often comes across cases where the worker has a "moan and a groan" but never formalises his or her frustrations about ineffective colleagues.

Then one day the situation comes to a head and the employee can sometimes just "snap" and get involved in an altercation which may seem out of proportion to the issue.

"Working with people is bound to result in a clash of personalities somewhere along the way, but your reaction is important and if you feel inclined to rant and rave, then you need to take a step away and breathe," he said.

Mr Price stressed the importance of talking to management or human resources personnel in a formal setting and expressing concerns in a non-confrontational manner.

"Ensure it is a two-way conversation. Remember that all employees, including management, may well be under pressure at work. This may be the reason for their behaviour. An amicable meeting should resolve any issues," he said.

And he stressed that since people spent an average of eight hours a day at work, it was important to have a working environment which did not include stress, worry or anger.

Peninsula is the largest employment law consultancy in Ireland and handles some 2,500 incoming calls a week from client companies, based mainly in the hospitality, nursing home care and retail sectors.

Irish Independent

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