October 10, 2013
30 ways to annoy your co-workers
You don't (usually) get to choose your co-workers -- yet you do have to spend considerable amounts of time with them, and you have to get along with them.
Sometimes dealing with problem co-workers is your biggest job challenge. And sometimes -- as hard as this is to believe -- it's you, wonderful you, who's guilty of a few less-than-ideal behaviors.
In the interest of greater workplace sanity and happiness, check out this list of things not to do in the workplace. They don't all apply to every kind of work. Some are not even that bad, in small doses. But there's enough here to provide food for thought for pretty much everyone.
1. Your workstation is a pigsty.
2. You carelessly "reply all."
3. You complain, gossip, brag, swear or loudly chew gum.
4. You come to work sick.
5. You leave a mess in the workplace kitchen.
6. You repeatedly use expressions like "Are we having fun yet?"
7. You are unreliable.
8. You try to convert co-workers to your religion.
9. You try to convert co-workers to your political point of view.
10. You tell off-color jokes.
11. You conduct personal grooming, such as clipping fingernails, in the workplace.
12. You bring stinky food for lunch.
13. You overshare about your personal life.
14. You forward junk email.
15. You reek of strong perfume/cologne.
16. You are a drama queen/king.
17. You borrow things and do not return them.
18. You steal people's lunches/snacks.
19. You leave long, rambling voicemails.
20. You stand behind people and read over their shoulders.
21. You are frequently late.
22. You shout over cubicle walls to ask questions/make remarks.
23. You play music loud enough for others to hear.
24. You make maddening little noises (tongue-clicking, knuckle-cracking, humming).
25. You click your pen or tap it on your desk.
26. You set your cellphone to an annoying ringtone.
27. You talk on your cellphone in the restroom.
28. You make loud personal phone calls others can't help but hear.
29. You share detailed descriptions of medical procedures.
30. You take credit for other people's work.
Who knew there were so many ways to be a pain?
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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