Sometimes even an obviouslyself-serving study by a corporation can be helpful. The e-book “The9 Levels of Enterprise Work Hell” fits into this category. The Utahcompany behind this e-book, AtTask, sells work management tools forbusiness teams, and much of the advice contained in the bookinvolves getting the right work management tools for businessteams.

Yet the e-book is cleverly designed and written, with lots ofspooky graphics and gothic images and typeface. The data wasderived from 1,000 survey responses, so it's not a bad sample,either. And, most of all, AtTask has found a fun way to deliverserious information about those things that irritate peoplemost.

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Fast Company also pulled together a fine synopsis on this,interviewing AtTask Chief Marketing Officer Bryan Nielson,whose quotes are included here. Here are AtTask's workplaceequivalents of Dante's levels (or, to be accurate, circles) ofhell:

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.