10 most annoying work from home behaviors

Working from home has its advantages. You don’t have to waste time commuting, you control the thermostat, and you can wear pajama pants without anyone noticing. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve even worked straight from bed on occasion.

But working from home comes with its own set of drawbacks, and coworkers can still annoy you, even from afar. Hotel service Premier Inn recently surveyed 1000 UK-based teleworkers to find out which WFH behaviors bother them the most. Sixty-one percent of participants find it annoying when their coworkers are slow to respond to emails or other messages while they are obviously online. This habit was at the top of the list; sending messages outside normal working hours, on the other hand, comes in sixth place.

These two entries make it clear that managing work-life balance can be difficult. Navigating the Zoom label isn’t easy either, as the rest of the list shows – the other eight entries are for video calls. Not turning sound on or off properly is annoying; eating in front of the camera is boring; trying to do something else on a call is boring; etc. The video portion of video calls also generates a lot of irritation: people don’t appreciate being asked to turn on their cameras, and they don’t like to involve video at all when the conversation could have taken place by phone.

That said, workers seem to have fewer behavioral pet peeves in the home than in the office. Only 9% of survey participants said they were more bothered by their remote colleagues than in person. And there are also a lot of charming aspects of the WFH culture, like seeing people’s pets on screen and sharing memes.

Check out the full list of the most annoying WFH behaviors below and explore the rest of the survey results here.

  1. Slow responses to emails or direct messages online (61%)
  1. Background noise during video calls (60%)
  1. Eat in front of the camera (59%)
  1. Scheduling too many video calls (56%)
  1. Disable and reactivate video calls at the wrong time (53%)
  1. Schedule video calls when phone calls would suffice (53%)
  1. Sending direct messages outside of working hours (52%)
  1. Answer a phone call while on a video call (51%)
  1. Work on something else while on a video call (51%)
  1. Asking people to turn on their cameras for video calls (50%)

Maria D. Ervin