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Does your colleagues' monkeying around drive you ape? Believe it or not, CareerBuilder surveyed 2,050 people to find out. From the press release:


    Fifty-three percent of workers say they feel like they work with a bunch of monkeys. One-in-five say they think their boss is a monkey.


While they don't define "monkey" in the PR, my guess is that this is not a complimen0—47 percent of those who feel like they work with monkees also said they were ready to look for a new job. Their top 10 beefs:


    10. The manager who tried to get employees in another department fired for eating bagels that were reserved for an event the next day.

    9. The co-worker who constantly e-mails the person who is sitting right next to her.

    8. The co-worker who sits in a crowded cubicle area and insists on putting every conversation on speaker phone, including the exploits of the night before.

    7. The boss who cut his fingernails while standing in his employee's cube.

    6. The co-worker who steals other people's food from the lunch room refrigerator and then acts baffled when asked about it.

    5. The co-worker who changed his job title to look more important without approval from his boss.

    4. The boss who swears at the top of his lungs and occasionally throws his chair or phone down the hall.

    3. The co-worker who walks up and randomly scratches other people's backs.

    2. The co-worker who was caught sleeping on the job more than once and would insist he was praying.

    1. The co-worker who every morning would greet her fellow employees (before they had any caffeine) with, "Are you ready for another fun and EXCITING day?!"



With the possible exception of #3, I'd say it is an insult to monkeys to attribute this sort of behavior to our primate friends. What's the worst behavior you've seen on the job? It's a tough one to call, but for me, the publisher I once worked for who put her dog, cat, and horse above me on the masthead is way up there.

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