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20% of Brits have considered pulling a sickie to avoid the workplace ‘can’t’!

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According to a poll of 2,000 respondents, almost 18 per cent cited the Human Resources department as being the most obstructive and most likely to reject reasonable requests. The person most likely to be uncooperative and unprepared to help in a British workplace, however, is female, according to 54 per cent of those polled.

Furthermore, she is most likely to be a brunette called Sarah. Some 46 per cent cited a man as the biggest ‘can’t’ where they work with David being the most common name.

The majority of respondents (53 per cent) admitted that unproductive or obstructive employees are more prone to bullying in the workplace, because of their nature.

 And, worryingly, people are more likely to suffer in silence and let stress build up or even seek new employment (36 per cent) over approaching a superior (30 per cent). Moreover, 20 per cent have considered calling in sick to avoid said person and 15 per cent have considered counselling.

The top consideration or coping mechanism for women when working with the workplace ‘can’t’, however, is to shout or scream in private, according to the majority of female respondents. 

The lion’s share of male respondents (35 per cent) would instead consider swapping seats, to be further away from an obstructive colleague.

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