Are Your Co-Workers Driving You Crazy?

Last Updated Sep 1, 2008 4:36 PM EDT

1810076068_355d93b780_m.jpgIt seems fitting on this Labor Day to acknowledge the greatest source of stress in workers' lives. According to a new study, it's not the workload that drives people the most batty; it's the people they work with.

Yes, it's true: Those pesky deadlines and difficult projects aren't as annoying as Sue in accounting and Bob in marketing. The survey found that 51 percent of Americans say the biggest source of stress at work isn't the job itself, but their co-workers. Prime annoyance factors: chatty co-workers, trite office catchphrases and brown-nosers.

Somewhat oddly, the survey was conducted by the makers of Hormel Compleats meals. Something to think about when you call your crazy-making colleagues "meatheads."

(image by tifotter via Flickr, CC 2.0)

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