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London - The average office worker suffers “desk rage” twice a day – with colleagues taking credit for our work, computer crashes and rude clients the most likely causes.

Researchers found 51 percent of Brits experience fury at work, with rows over who makes the tea and not having time for a lunchbreak also upsetting many.

And 42 percent of workers are most het up and impatient on a Monday after a hectic weekend.

Other work-based niggles include people talking when you are trying to concentrate, gossipers and the printer going into meltdown.

A quarter of those polled get cross if someone uses their desk and leaves it in a mess.

Long smoking breaks, over-use of social networking and surfing the internet were also cited as prime causes of annoyance.

Gavin Herbert, from Old Jamaica Extra Fiery Ginger Beer, commissioned the survey, said: “British adults are renowned for their work hard, play hard attitude, which means that when they are in the office, they are used to coping with heavy workloads and lots of pressure.

“When working in this type of highly stressed environment, smaller niggles can get heightened and appear to be a big deal.

“And on a Monday, many people will be tired and grumpy, which adds to the likelihood of them blowing a fuse if someone skips the tea round or the printer stops working.”

Other things likely to annoy workers include gossipers, hearing a colleague has bad mouthed them and the fact their boss rarely says thank you for their hard work.

They also can't tolerate colleagues who suck-up to the boss and untidiness.

For those people who do get hot under the collar at work, 64 percent try to ignore it, but 13 percent will confront whoever is annoying them.

One in ten people will get themselves into an argument.

A third of workers claim their fellow colleagues are the most annoying at work, while 20 percent can't tolerate the boss. - Daily Mail