Top 5 most stressful things about the office

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It's been said time and again that the modern workplace has never been a more stressful environment.

While there's no disputing the economic turmoil of the last few years has certainly played its part, there are other influences at toil here as well.

From being the victim of the office jester to being in desperate need of a personal assistant to manage your overflowing diary, here (in no particular order) are our top five most stressful aspects of office life:

Office politics

One of the stresses that can arise out of the workplace is office politics; how to deal with them, who they concern and what happens if you end up breaking one of the unwritten rules.

While employing a wide cross-section of society can often bring wonderful results through a variety of perspectives and ideas, it can also sometimes create tensions, power struggles and everything in between.

Depending on the make-up of your staff, this may or may not be a major issue, but it's likely it exists in some form. When the stakes are high on a big contract that needs to be won or a deadline that needs to be fulfilled, you don't want to have to worry about whether or not you've inadvertently upset someone by asking their nemesis if they'd like a cup of tea.

Working from a picnic table

If you like to keep your desk tidy, then it can be a real stress if your office doesn't have a separate area for you to eat your lunch.

A lack of amenities can provide a headache, with the smell of your colleague's tuna and egg sandwiches wafting over the workspace hardly the most inspiring of environments.

Additionally, the issue over how much food has collected in between the keys of your own keyboard is one that should never be investigated. If you do, we guarantee you'll regret it.

The office jester

Unfortunately, a sad fact of life is that every office has one of these. Whether they are busy putting salt in your tea instead of sugar, hiding your stationery or singing loudly in your ear, there are fewer things more annoying than the colleague who clearly failed in their attempt as a professional performer.

When the deadlines are looming and you're under pressure, the last thing you need is this attention seeker prank-calling you every five minutes from the other side of the room. 

Of course, the best course of action when this is the case is to simply remove yourself from the situation and create your own atmosphere of peace and tranquility. If this is impossible in the office itself, maybe you need to look into working from home?

Malfunctioning hardware

There are few things more frustrating than when you need to get a job done and the tools you're using simply aren't up to scratch.

From prehistoric internet connections to malfunctioning hardware, the sad truth is this is a problem many of us are all-too-aware of.

In fact, a study by revealed 31 per cent of employees believed their own equipment and facilities were better than those they used in the office.

Impossible diaries

Have you ever had that feeling when it seems as though there just aren't enough hours in the day? If you're in full-time employment, then it's probably fair to say you have.

The sheer number of meetings you're required to attend can often be a major antagonist in this department. Often, it's not just the participation of the get-togethers themselves, but also the travelling in between if the liaison is being held at your contact's premises.

One of the really annoying things is that this time spent in transit is usually of little use to anyone, especially you. You can't carry on with your other daily duties and are basically off the radar until you get back to your own base.

As a result, a 20-minute meeting can end up actually wiping an hour or two out of your day.

However, free conference calling can certainly play a part in alleviating this nightmare situation, allowing you to connect with multiple parties, anywhere in the world, without having to leave your own desk.