This online survey is interesting. It’s supposed to be about offensive or annoying office behaviour. But look at the range of responses!

There is a well-known behaviour called in Japanese 足を引っ張る – which does not mean a practical joke, but pettily criticizing others and getting in their way, ruining their efforts, holding them down.

Looking at this list, it seems there is no limit to what Japanese office-workers will find fault with. The blog author finds only #18b to be incomprehensible, but to me, with the possible exception of the first 3, they all are!

Over the 6th and 7th of June 2011 1,148 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.6% of the sample were male, 12.1% in their teens, 16.9% in their twenties, 28.0% in their thirties, 25.4% in their forties, 9.7% in their fifties, and 7.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. … I’m not sure what is the problem about the second 18 answer, however!

via Spotting a pain in the bum at the office | 世論 What Japan Thinks.