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Phone use during meetings ranks as most annoying office habit, poll finds

Tuesday - 8/5/2014, 6:43am  ET

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You may want to put down the phone during your next meeting after a poll found coworkers were most annoyed by it. (WTOP File)

WASHINGTON -- Rude workplace behavior is getting a 21st century makeover.

A new study found the biggest office irritation is when colleagues text and email during meetings.

The study, called "The New Rude," evaluated what annoys people at work. About 50 percent of workers polled admitted to being annoyed by constant texting and typing -- especially during meetings, according to USA TODAY.

The study concluded that the "habit is proving such a faux pas, it could actually cost companies new clients," USA TODAY reports.

Noisy conference calls also irritate employees, with 38 percent complaining about coworkers who broadcast their calls to the entire office, according the Daily Mail.

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