Survey Reveals How Many Workers Commit Office Taboos

Aug 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from

    CHICAGO, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever wonder why you can't seem to get
 anything done in the office? It may be because your co-workers are
 preoccupied with something other than work. "Workplace Taboos" is a new survey, conducted by Harris Interactive of more than
 5,700 workers. The most common workplace taboos that workers admitted to
 taking part in include:
     -- Falling asleep at work (45 percent)
     -- Kissing a co-worker (39 percent)
     -- Consuming alcoholic beverages while on the job (21 percent)
     -- Stealing from the office (22 percent)
     -- Spreading a rumor about a co-worker (22 percent)
     -- Snooping after hours (18 percent)
     -- Lying about an academic background (4 percent)
     -- Taking credit for someone else's work (2 percent)
     Who is most likely to commit workplace taboos?
     Men report that they engage in all of these workplace taboos more than
 women. For instance, nearly half (49 percent) of men have fallen asleep on
 the job compared 35 percent of women. When it comes to kissing co-workers,
 44 percent of men and 34 percent of women admitted to puckering up.
     "As companies continue to embrace more casual environments, employees
 may develop a false sense of informality when it comes to the office
 behavior," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at "Employees should make sure they are aware of company
 policies, so something that initially seems 'harmless' doesn't end up
 negatively impacting a career."
     Survey Methodology
     This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
 Interactive on behalf of among 5,727 US employees,
 (employed full-time; not self-employed; with no involvement in hiring
 decisions), ages 18 and over within the United States between June 1 and
 June 13, 2007. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and
 household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with
 their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was
 also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
     With a pure probability sample of 5,727, one could say with a
 ninety-five percent probability that the overall results have a sampling
 error of +/-1.3 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples
 is higher and varies. However that does not take other sources of error
 into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and
 therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
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