Several workplace-related studies in 2008 suggest that the majority of working Americans aren’t all that fond of whom they work with.
• When asked if a colleague has ever tried to make them look bad, 50 percent of respondents said yes; 48 percent said no; 2 percent said they didn’t know.
• When asked to identify which causes more stress at work—co-workers or workload—51 percent of respondents said co-workers, while 49 percent said workload.
• When asked if they work with one or more annoying co-workers, 86 percent of respondents said yes, while 13 percent said no. (Numbers do not add up to 100 due to rounding by researches.)
[Brian Lowery, managing editor, PreachingToday.com; sources: Jae Yang and Adrienne Lewis, “USA Today Snapshots: Friend or Foe?” USA Today; Michelle Healy and Sam Ward, “USA Today Snapshots: Workplace Worries,” USA Today: Jae Yang and Adrienne Lewis, “USA Today Snapshots: Do you work with one or more annoying co-workers?” USA Today.
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