Are bad manners hurting your career?

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When employees were asked to name the biggest breach of workplace etiquette in this type of office environment, using a speakerphone or talking loudly on the phone topped the list (28 per cent); eating foods that have strong odours ranked second (20 per cent).

The survey included responses from more than 265 employees 18 years of age and older who work in an office environment in Canada.

Workers were asked, ‘In your opinion, to what extent does being courteous to coworkers positively impact a person's career prospects?’
Somewhat, but skills play a bigger role     49%
Greatly, it can accelerate advancement     42%
No impact at all, it's who or what you know     6%
Don't know           3%

Workers also were asked, 'In your opinion, do people become more or less courteous as they climb the corporate ladder?'
More courteous     17%
Less courteous     63%
Don't know/Didn't answer     20%

Workers also were asked, 'Which one of the following do you consider to be the biggest breach of workplace etiquette when working in an open office space?'
Using a speakerphone or talking loudly on the phone     28%
Loitering or talking around a colleague's desk     18%
Eating foods that have strong odors     20%
Keeping a messy or cluttered workspace      10%
Leaving phone ringer on loud     14%
Don't know/can't choose just one     4%
Something else           6%

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