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Skivers top office workers' moan list

'Facebook skivers' and pointless meetings are among a poll of top office gripes, according to new research.

The study of 2,000 office workers disclosed frustrated and thwarted employees who know they have many years of work ahead before they can think about retirement.

Jammed printers, unproductive meetings and the increasing use of jargon were the leading causes for complaint, with poor technology also irritating staff.

Following closely behind were smelly co-workers and colleagues who did not tidy up, staff who are on Facebook instead of working and office gossips.

Officer workers were also vexed by poor canteen food, meaningless perks such as dress down days, and motivational speakers brought in to raise morale.

Seventy per cent of office workers admitted judging colleagues on their work etiquette, including poor table manners over lunch.

People who label their food in office kitchen cupboards were cited as some of the most irritating, with 21pc of respondents thinking they were 'suspicious people' whose 'unsharing attitude is reflected in their lack of team spirit'.

Pollsters claimed the figures pointed to an all-time low in office morale with 47pc of respondents saying they would leave work were it not for the recession.

The survey, to mark the launch of TV channel Dave's Best Part Time Job In The World, also threw up a range of terms for increasingly common situations at work, such as the 'Dracula shift' -- going to work in the dark, coming home in the dark -- and 'a bog shaker' -- having a private breakdown in the loo.

Other euphemisms workers created included taking 'a Chinese holiday' -- faking the need for the loo with a five-minute break spent just sitting on a china latrine, head in hands); 'Cashanova' -- someone who brings in clients or business on charm alone; and 'A Mills and Doom' -- an office romance.

Dave channel head Steve North said: "It's fascinating to see how even the smallest of actions can irritate people and cause frictions."

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