Some ten per cent admitted they would go to their manager with their concerns if a co-worker was not doing their contracted hours, according to SaleLand.co.uk. Another eight per cent said they would report a colleague if they were repeatedly late for work.
Just five per cent would inform a superior if they knew a colleague was pulling a sickie, with three per cent prepared to grass up a co-worker for checking their personal emails and social media at work.
A mere one per cent would report workmates for helping themselves to single items like a biro or envelope from the stationery cupboard.
Out of the 600 people surveyed, just two per cent actually confessed to having reported a fellow co-worker to their manager over a misdemeanour.
One person who took part in the poll commented: “Somebody would have to do something pretty bad for me to have to tell the boss about them. If I found out that someone was skiving I would probably inform my boss about it and I probably wouldn’t feel guilty either. Why should they be paid when they’re not at work, not ill and bunking off?”
Another respondent said: “I’m not one for causing trouble, but there are some people I work with who are so ambitious, they grass up colleagues for the smallest of offences. I knew one woman who was so determined to get a promotion that she would run straight to the boss for the smallest of things.
You would only have to be a couple of minutes late for work and she’d be on to you like a hawk. When you think about it, reporting your colleagues is just another form of sucking up to management and no one likes a brown-noser.”
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