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Revealed: the five traits that make co-workers dislike each other

Written by Eric Johansson on Monday, 24 October 2016. Posted in Engagement, People

New research from CV-Library has why some of your employees can’t stand each other

Revealed: the five traits that make co-workers dislike each other

An exciting vision may motivate people to apply for a job at a startup but it’s important to remember that some behaviour patterns can turn your enterprise into a cesspool of time-wasting office politics. That’s why it’s paramount that entrepreneurs are aware of the traits that could make a good work environment turn ugly.

Having surveyed 1,200 people, CV-Library, the jobs portal, has unveiled that 55.7% of workers dislike arrogant colleagues, making it the number one characteristic that rubs people the wrong way. Laziness was hated by 47.8% while 24.8% couldn't stand patronizing behaviour. Additionally, 24.5% disliked controlling people and 19.8% disproved of vulgarity.

On a more positive note, CV-Library also revealed which characteristics are most likely to make people like their co-workers. 61.8% of the respondents cited a positive attitude as the most endearing, followed by being approachable with 40.8%. A sense of humour was appreciated by 39.8%. Being open-minded was liked by 31% and honesty was appreciated by 23.7%.

While hiring people who demonstrate these positive characteristics can give your enterprise’s culture a boost, it’s equally important that business leaders project some of these traits themselves. This is especially true for startups, which tend to have very tight-knit teams – meaning the founder can easily set the tone “It’s only natural to want to be liked, especially at work when you’re dealing with a variety of people,” said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library. “But it’s important not to get too caught up with the office politics.”

So it's perhaps wise to check your ego in at the door, put a smile on your face and be a source of positivity – your employees will thank you for it.

About the Author

Eric Johansson

As feature writer and resident Viking, Eric ensures EB is filled with engaging and eclectic entrepreneurial stories. While one of our freshest faces, he has sharpened his editorial teeth by writing about business, entertainment and fitness.

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