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Waah: Survey Says We Hate Working With Whiners

You're trying to get something done and all you hear is the blah, blah, blah of your co-worker whining for the tenth time today about whatever. Could someone just make it stop, please?

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A new Citrix/Wakefield Research study reveals the only thing U.S. workers hate more than working with a know-it-all is working alongside a whiner. About half of 1,013 U.S. workers surveyed (49%, to be exact) say they work with a "know-it-all" while roughly 44% work with a "whiner." But the whiner is even worse than the know-it-all: More than half of survey respondents (51%) think that the "constant complainer" is the worst kind of co-worker to have, and no one wants to sit next to one.

Of course, anyone who works will eventually work with a negaholic who can turn even the most positive, uplifting person into a total curmudgeon after awhile. The Pollyanna-ish co-worker goes from saying, "Just shut up and get some f*&%#@g work done!" "Oh, everything will be fine, don't worry" to saying, "You're driving me crazy, just shut the f%@# up already!" "Oh, that's too bad" before bottoming out at the "I'm f*^%$@g quitting!" "Yeah, I know, I totally agree with you" stage. That's when bosses really need to worry.

What else do we learn from the survey? That men hate office baby showers, women hate having their photos taken at work, and pretty much no one of either gender likes costume days. So if you really want to scare employees this Halloween, just tell them the company will be having a Halloween costume contest. The stale candy corn is optional.


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