Workplace warfare: Kitchen quarrels and noise top the bill

67% of office workers have fallen out over kitchen habits

The kitchen is the heart of most workplace arguments and annoyances, according to new research.
A survey of 1,000 UK office workers carried out by has revealed that 67% have had a falling out over kitchen cleanliness and washing up in the past 12 months.
Talking loudly regularly upsets half (52%) of UK office workers, while lateness and poor timekeeping registered high on the list of frustrations for 45%, according to the poll.
Thirty-seven per cent cited bad personal hygiene, including body odour, coffee breath and cigarette smoke laden clothing as being their greatest bugbears, while more than a quarter (28%) listed inclusion in drinks rounds as a point of contention.
A quarter (23%) of office workers reported falling out over running out of milk, coffee and tea bags. Lost or stolen food and drink also caused frustration for 17% of office workers.
When faced with these problems, 15% have directly confronted a colleague, while a third (35%) have sent a passive aggressive email or left a note.
Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager at, said: “The office is a place for productivity, although the research shows that things can boil over especially when it comes to kitchen etiquette.
“A harmonious workplace can be disrupted by small stresses, with the data showing those in typically more pressured industries and environments have a higher level of frustration, and lower patience threshold.”
Younger members of staff, those aged 18-24, were most likely to confront a colleague and resolve their issues.
Those working in financial services (93%) reported the highest level of office upsets, followed by information and communications (89%).
Healthcare (85%), real estate (84%) and education (83%) industries rounded off the top five industries most likely to see a workplace dispute.
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