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Jive Software study finds bad phone behavior bugs 9 out of 10 employees

A recent survey from Jive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: JIVE) finds that nearly nine out of ten (87 percent) employees in the United States are bothered by bad phone behavior at work, with loud private conversations in public areas in the workplace (65 percent) being the number one offense.

Besides loud talkers, 59 percent of employees also cited failing to silence or turn off phones when appropriate, and 59 percent of employed women were frustrated by their colleagues checking phones during in-person conversations versus 46 percent of working men.

On the positive side, as the holiday season approaches, 35 percent of employees say mobile phones give them more freedom, allowing them to work from anywhere so they can take more time off. Not surprisingly, text messages (60 percent) and emails (40 percent) were among the top uses for employees who own mobile devices, proving that productivity no longer requires people to be tied to a desk.

Additional findings from the study, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive in November 2013 among 2,000 US adults ages 18+, show a majority of employees find email etiquette to be equally frustrating at work with 36 percent saying that “reply-to-all” when the response only needs to go to one person is one of the most annoying email habits.

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