The office can be a scary place at times, and we've been wondering about what scares people the most about coming to work. From an interview of the team at Free Office Finder we found out the following points. Now we want to know what gives you the heeby-jeebys in the office; do any of these ring a bell with you?

Meeting with executives 9%

Let’s face it, at work the majority of us are little, tiny goldfish in an ocean of much bigger sharks. While it’s unlikely that these sea-faring creatures regularly conduct one on one meetings (without it ending badly for the goldfish), here on land they’re difficult to avoid. Luckily, we don’t have the threat of certain death as a result of meetings with big executives but this doesn’t make them much less intimidating. If you’ve ever been called in for a meeting with a CEO or Managing Director you may recognise a few of these tell-tale signs; profuse sweating, nervous shakes and losing the ability to form a coherent sentence. Try not to beat yourself up about it though – 9% of our survey respondents reported exactly the same fear.

Accidently hitting “reply all” to an email intended to be private 10 %

Perhaps you missed the story of a PR professional describing a potential collaborator as a “f***ing b***h”, and then accidentally hitting the ‘Reply All’ button on an e-mail thread which just so happened to include said collaborator. Even if you did, you will surely be acutely aware of the dangers of this pesky little function. There are so many horror stories online, they could keep you entertained and cringing for days. When private becomes public, more often than not it’s not pretty. So, it makes sense that for 10% of you accidentally replying-all is one of the top workplace fears!

Presenting 15%

The fear of public speaking is also known as glossophobia and is one of the most common in the world. This is probably down to the irrational assumption you will be either heckled or laughed out of the building, both of which, you will agree, are unlikely events in the workplace. At best nobody will pick up on your mistakes as much as you do. At worst, even if nobody has any idea what you’re on about, our British values demand that we avoid making a scene with much polite nodding and smiling.

Internet inappropriateness 17%

So here’s the scenario. It’s lunchtime, and you’re having a casual scroll through your Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. Innocent enough, right? We obviously all need to be kept up to speed with the goings-on of our social media worlds. Unfortunately, these sites are fast becoming a feeding ground for articles and videos ranging from the mildly unpleasant to the full-blown NSFW offensive. Whilst you can’t help the fact Kim Kardashian’s last nudey photo kraze is dominating every corner of the internet, it might be a bit of a stretch explaining to your boss why exactly your screen is filled more with flesh than spreadsheets. Ummmm... It is therefore totally understandable that 20% of you are most scared of being caught doing inappropriate inter-web stuff. 

Forgetting to set my alarm and oversleeping 23%

Ahh...lie-ins are a truly wonderful thing, you think to yourself as you yawn and stretch, waking up slowly and blinking sleep out of your eyes. Today will be a good day; you’re feeling refreshed and raring to go – unusual. What’s this?! 9.15am?! You were meant to be in the office half an hour ago! Cue a morning of burnt toast, tripping over your laces and high levels of anxiety on the commute in. Oversleeping is everyone’s worst nightmare – or at least for 23% of our respondents it is. This could well be because it results in the final, most-feared aspect of office life...

Getting yelled at by the boss 26%

Which brings us to our final and most fearsome phobia of being at work...A fear which could have its seedling roots in being publicly humiliated by shouting parents/teachers/friends. A fear like none other, so frightening that our survey respondents have placed it above all others on our scare-scale – getting yelled at by your boss. Some bosses are much more prone to this than others, but it is never fun. In its simplest form, it is a device to embarrass and make an example of you as you wallow in your error and hang your head in shame. In the worst, it is a tool used by MD’s to release the pressures of their job onto you, using you as a kind of emotional punch bag. Whatever the scenario, it’s always best to take a breath and let them shout. If you know you’re in the right, speak firmly and calmly as you state your points...and go and cry into your pillow when you get home.