There are varying factors that can make the workplace a less than desirable place to be at times. Amongst the top of these reasons are our co-workers and the annoying traits they may or may not exhibit. These can vary depending on the type of work setting but below are some of the biggest offenders in our opinion.
This is applicable to all types of working environments – everyone has, at some point, encountered a colleague who’s glass is always half empty and insists on seeing the negative in every aspect of life. They are quick to bring the mood down with their pessimistic attitude and you should try and spend as little time as possible in the company of these people.
From chomping loudly on their lunchtime sandwich to slurping down their afternoon cup of tea, noisy eaters are most irritating in a quiet office environment. This is one habit that regularly tops polls between office workers of their most hated habit amongst colleagues.
Just as bad (or worse) as eating loudly, are those who bring smelly food into the office. Fish is one of the main offenders here – if you are going to bring in tuna sandwiches and eat them away from your desk that’s just about bearable but there is a special place in hell reserved for those who heat up last night’s fish curry in the microwave.
Everyone is late for work sometimes – this is unavoidable. However, there is always someone who is not only quite often late but also seems to leave work earlier than most in addition to frequently taking longer than average lunches. If management don’t notice and solve this problem it becomes annoying for others who stick to the rules but also don’t want to snitch on them (snitching co-workers are even worse than bad timekeepers – are we at work or school?).
Talking Too Much
This can include people who constantly natter on to you, disturbing your work, or talk to themselves (often loudly and therefore also disturbing your work). We can also count talking about personal matters under this which in no way should ever be shared with your work colleagues who then have to see you every day.
There some people who feel the need to constantly be making noise. This might be humming, singing, whistling, tapping a pan on the desk, tapping their feet on their chair/the floor, drumming their fingers on the desk, clicking their pen…the list is endless. Usually when you ask them to stop whatever they are doing they will cheerily oblige before immediately moving on to their next offending rendition.
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