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Top 10 Most Annoying Co-Worker Habits

Written by: Wendy Maxey

January 30, 2009
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“I don’t want to buy your kid’s overpriced wrapping paper!! I don’t care if it IS a fundraiser!” That’s what you really want to say to that co-worker who’s always bugging you to buy her kid’s crap. Instead, you take the brochure, find the cheapest damn wrapping paper on it and ask her if you can pay later, to which she inevitably responds with a resounding “No. I need the money now.” This is just one scenario of many that play out over the course of a typical day in cubicle hell. Day in and day out you’re forced to co-mingle with the same peopleĀ  — and their obnoxious habits. Here are the top 10 annoying habits of coworkers:

10. I’m going to be late … again”


Will Return Clock


He’s always late. He misses meetings. He leaves early. Yet he never gets called out on it. What is the deal with this guy? There’s always an excuse, too, like “It’s a snow day, gotta stay home with the kids!” or “Wow, my kid was really sick this morning, sorry I’m late and you had to do that presentation for me but I still get all the credit.” You know who I’m talking about. Tell him he needs this clock for his desk; at least his office mates will have an IDEA of when he might be around.



9. “OMG! We’re going to lose our jobs!”

Debbie Downer


Sometimes it’s fun to huddle with your work buddies and talk about (embellish) the bad stuff that’s happening at work, but constant negativity is a total pain in the A. Some people get off on it, though. The Debbie Downers and Negative Nancies of the office are a real drag after a while. Tell them to invest in a therapy light. It just might be the cure.



8. For sale!

School Fundraiser


Whether it’s the aforementioned wrapping paper, candy bars, cookie dough, M&Ms, whatever, she is always selling something for her kids. What happened to teaching good, old-fashioned salesmanship to your children? Send little Johnny door to door instead. The cubicle-dwellers of America are tired of being mooched upon! Next time she comes knocking, hand her one of these IOU vouchers and she’ll get the drift.



7. “Wow, you reek!”

Cigarette


Why do you get stuck sitting next to the guy who smells like an ashtray? Or like he’s been in a bar all night and didn’t shower before coming to work. Everytime he gets up, you know he’s taking a smoke break … only to return and bring his stench with him. Next time he comes back from his break, tell him to pony up for this air purifier.



6. “I’ll do it! I’ll do it!”

Brown-noser Trophy


Everyone has one of these in their office – the brown-noser. She is always right behind the boss, taking on projects left and right, sucking up at every turn. It’s sickening. And why is it that the brown-noser is usually the person who does the least amount of work? This brown-noser trophy is the ideal gift for her. Make her think it’s from the boss and she’ll display it front and center, guaranteed.



5. “Can I borrow your can opener?”

Stinky Tuna


No! No! Not the tuna! Your cubicle mate goes out to lunch almost every day. But on the days she chooses to eat at her desk, she pops open a can of tuna or some other seafood product, ultimately clogging the air with that oh-so-sweet smell of fish stench that never goes away. Make her wear this T-shirt every time she eats tuna in the office. This way everyone will know who the culprit is.



4. Who turned up the volume??

Cellphone Booth


Every office has its loud mouth. The guy who blabs so loud on the phone that you’re privy to every single detail of his life, whether you care or not. There’s not a lot you can do to shut this guy up, so you’re forced to drown him out instead. Not anymore. Tell him to strap this portable cellphone booth to his back and keep his conversations to himself. It’s the perfect solution.



3. Click, tap, tap, click

Finger Drums


Maybe constantly clicking her pen eases her nervous habit, but it’s driving you to drink. All that clicking and tapping is like scraping fingernails on a chalkboard. Nervous habits are hard to break so if you can’t beat her, join her and give her these finger drums. At least she can make sweet music with all that fidgeting.



2. “Oh When the Saints …”

Annoying Cellphone


If you hear that loud, obnoxious ring tone one more time you might just throw his phone out the window. Cellphone ring tones are sooo over. Have the culprit take this ring tone test to confirm that he is indeed the office nuisance every time the theme song for “Sex in the City” blasts out loud and proud when his wife calls.



1. “Oh no, it wasn’t me”

Pass the Buck Guy


The No. 1 annoying habit of an office coworker? Passing the buck. This guy takes the cake (and then blames someone else). Usually the buck-passer is also a suck-up, so it’s a double whammy. Avoid him if at all possible. He’ll just piss you off every time. But, just for kicks, leave this magic trick on his desk. At least it will make you feel better.



Comments

56 Responses to “Top 10 Most Annoying Co-Worker Habits”

  1. Shivani Kapoor on February 28th, 2009 4:50 am

    VERY NiCE

  2. Kimberly @ Blog N' Butter Blog Network on March 1st, 2009 12:24 pm

    Wow…These are so true…LOL

    I’m so glad I work from home. LOL…I don’t have to worry about eating tuna, clicking my keyboard with my nails, which I can’t help and do very loudly…

    …And I don’t have to worry about losing my job! I’m the boss! LOL…

    Kimberly :)

  3. Amanda on March 6th, 2009 2:44 pm

    How about people that clip their fingernails. GGGGGRRRRROOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  4. Flo on April 9th, 2009 1:47 pm

    I can’t stand people that are late all the time>>>>so damn irresponsible.

  5. Heather on August 20th, 2009 9:41 am

    so true #1 is….Where i work no one ever takes responsibility for emptying stuff…too lazy to refill……how hard is it to reopen something that gets emptied….

  6. Cindy on September 28th, 2009 4:10 pm

    I freakin hate the cubicle. I sit between two people, one who is younger than I am but thinks she’s everyones mother and talks to us all that way, and a guy who snorts, listens in on phone conversation, and when I am giving someone information either on the phone or in person he yells the answer out and interrupts me, he announces to the whole office when I am late but not when I am early. OMG, kill me now and he is so far up the boss’s butt, I am surprised his whole damn head isn’t brown.

    What the hell did I do to deserve this.

  7. Babygurl on November 10th, 2009 10:56 am

    I am so fed up with lazy ppl

  8. scott on November 11th, 2009 8:21 am

    i have alot of brown nosers and idiots. To many awards to give out.

  9. jake on November 24th, 2009 10:35 am

    love it

  10. rl on December 18th, 2009 4:21 pm

    cracking sunflower seeds continuously, disgusting and so annoying!!!

  11. Ravi on January 28th, 2010 10:14 am

    I had to deal with a brown noser who is a spy++ for my manager.

  12. Sniha on March 14th, 2010 11:23 pm

    Oh ! talk about co-workers on the phone ,speaking their hurt out complaining about everything possible on earth.Please tell me how to get out of this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Kelly on March 24th, 2010 7:19 am

    #1 is so true! I only been working at my job for 3 weeks and there is this one girl there who tried her damnest to get me in crap with my boss!

    The plan didn’t work however because I turned around and told my boss straight up that I was NOT held responsible for anything that happened AFTER I left work and that I will not accept any fault for it.

    The sad part is I told my boss that considering I left before my other co-worker did, that maybe it’d be best for my boss to ask my co-worker what happened with the mess that I had cleaned up before leaving and that she had left behind before leaving. Sure enough my boss got her answer!

    The only solution to solve this matter very quickly is be honest with your boss! even if it is going to hurt you a little bit, because any fault that the other person had/has made will be pointed back at him/her.

    I am one of those people where I refuse to go down by myself especially if I know for a fact that the other co-worker had/has gotten me into this mess!! My motto is “If your going to be pointing the finger at me then prepare yourself because I am taking you down with me” co-worker or not people need to know the boundary lines and what is okay and what is not okay!!

  14. Barbara damtu on March 24th, 2010 9:11 am

    You forgot one, my boss constantly sits at his desk and when he is not asking me how to spell he is talking outloud to himself, about everything.

  15. Diane on March 24th, 2010 9:45 am

    My office is next to a guy that has so little respect for his office mates that he DAILY belches and farts just as loudly as he pleases, as if he were at home in his own bathroom. He’ll even fart loudly as he walks down the hall right by my office door. The ironic thing is, he thinks he’s a high class sort of dude. Absolutely repulsive!

  16. khfl on March 24th, 2010 10:26 am

    Oksy here is one that did not make the list that should have…people who come in and recant every little thing their kids did the night before and using kid voices when telling what their kids said. And then he said “Mama I go poo poo on the potty”

    Also, the pregnant woman who makes everyone aware of each twicth, doctor’s appt, cramp and dilation and acts like they are the first person to ever get pregnant. “Can you move this box of feathers for me, I shouldn’t be lifting…” Stands in front of you and rubs her belly like a buddah…you did not rub it before…why now?

  17. P HAINES on March 24th, 2010 10:37 am

    How about snapping and popping your chewing gum? How about putting question marks in your sentences where commas should go? How about saying, like, you know, and then he goes, and awesome!! Grownups have begun to do these childish middle school behaviors all the time and no one corrects them. Grow up? Like, you know?

  18. J.D. on March 24th, 2010 12:11 pm

    People who work for you and don”t GO TO WORK ,MAKE YOU WAIT,OR SHOW UP WITH A HANGOVER, BECAUSE THEY CAN”T STAY OUT OF THE BAR,EVEN ON A TUESDAY. THEN THEY EXPECT YOU TO PULL THE WEIGHT AND WANT TO GIVE OR LOAN THEM MONEY, SO THEY CAN GET DRUNK AND DO IT AGAIN. YOUR BOSS TEELS YOU THAT, YOUR GOING TO MAKE THIS AMOUNT, AND INSTEAD, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE PLENTY OF MONEY, THEY DECIDE TO GIVE YOU SOME KIND OF RIDICULOUS DEDUCTION. LIKE FROM MAKING 800 PER WEEK TO SAY 250 OR 300. WHAT EVER SAVES THEM MORE $ EVEN THOUGH YOU NEED THE OTHER AMOUNT FOR YOUR LIVING! WHO CARES IF YOU SMOKE, ITS BETTER THAN HAVING IT BLOWN UP YOUR ——–.

    HERE’S ONE – THE GUY WHO SAYS THAT HE DESPERATLY NEEDS SOME WORK AND THEN YOU GO AND GET ALL KINDS OF WORK FOR THEM, THEN THEY HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO. LIKE MESS AROUND ,SLEEP, OR MOVE BACK TO OREAGON. MAYBE THEY CAN SNIFF SOME AIR INSTEAD.

  19. Johnson on April 21st, 2010 3:39 pm

    people who type in all caps

  20. TJ on June 19th, 2010 12:17 am

    #6 is so true. I’ve been working at my job for a awhile and there were two brown-nosers teaming up and tried to create/shove off problems on me with my boss when they had no idea what they were suppose to do thinking i was some newbie. The guy even had the nerve to come up and ask how i was performing on my job!

    So damn annoying, everywhere the boss is he jumps up every-time his name is called and is constantly around blabbering on like a broken record with other co-workers. He’s nosy as hell and at times thinks he’s the boss, and is a butt kisser. It doesn’t help that his name is being called 8-10 times either by a boss that plays favorites just because this idiot did personal side-runs for them.

    Nothing more than a little trouble-maker and a big mouth that gets their entertainment off by being a nuisance and a stuck-up suck up! He thinks he’s doing something cute by trying to call himself fetching information and being a spy.

    He can knock himself out being a sheep!

  21. m0m0 on June 25th, 2010 1:35 pm

    how about people who contantly burb in the office? i got a co worker who burbs continuously through out the day very loud and clear. humming and singing all the time. Then he likes to cough in a way that grosses everybody out intentionally. he also is very impolite, errogant, and has not sense of shame, oh also difficult to work with!

  22. Dean on July 28th, 2010 4:25 am

    How about this one? Supervisors that get away with the very same things you got yelled at for and was pressured into handing a resignation? What about knowing the difference between incompetence and policy guidelines? What about everyone’s favorite back stabbing, two faced snitch or snitches who run to the manager in charge? I hate my job, I have been here three years and watched the same bitches run in and run out. I hate the fact that you know who the supervisors are because of the shit stains on their face. I hate the good ole boys club and I hate the exclusivity of membership in it. What would really be awesome would be to be in a position to tell all of the self righteous bitches to take this job and shove it. Have a nice day!

  23. Chris on September 7th, 2010 8:22 am

    Pretty true, though I don’t find the person being late everyday annoying as it doesn’t affect me in the slightest. But you forgot one key one. The chatty Kathy, everyone in an office has one, I have two that sit directly behind me. Two over weight middle aged cat women who decide it

  24. Kathy on November 15th, 2010 2:50 pm

    - I have a co-worker that comes in to work in tennis shoes..(we work in a office)

    come on now are u serious???

    - Always is talking about her boyfriend—geeezz get to WORK!

  25. Maden on November 15th, 2010 3:58 pm

    this girl who i work with talks about her personal life REALLY LOUD in the office. we have clients who come and and stare at her while she goes on about her personal life while they are in the office. she also comes in late every day and wants to leave work before closing time…. kathy i can agree with you and the whole tennis shoes thing this girl dresses like she was in high school and come on now she is freaken 26!! baby phat was so 1990′s

  26. Me on January 18th, 2011 5:05 pm

    I have a coworker that is right on the other side of my cubicle wall that eats with his mouth open, smacking his mouth with every bite, and slurps his coffee.. ALL DAY LONG! I have to drown it out with my ipod, and then get startled when people come over to speak to me. It’s disgusting to listen to. Eventually I will probably snap and ask him to chew with his mouth shut. And pour drinks into his mouth, not search out the liquid from his cup via sucking. SO GROSS!!!!

  27. Jerry on January 31st, 2011 10:20 am

    I sit next to a guy that is constantly annoying me with his loud, dramatic sighing. Every time he gets up or sits down, or anywhere in between he lets out a loud sigh. As I was typing this he sighed twice in a row as he was talking. I kept a tally one day, and it came to over 50 sighs in one day, and there were probably more when I was away from my desk.

  28. Aaron on February 15th, 2011 11:25 am

    How about a coworker that:

    Whistles out of tune to music

    Coughs constantly

    Sneezes without covering nose

    Huffs and Puffs all day long

    Does stretching exercises in the office

    Sleeps on the job

    Has nothing interesting to say ever

  29. Bub on February 24th, 2011 3:15 pm

    What is really irritating is when you are trying to have a work conversation on your phone and people are standing around your cubicle chatting loudly as if it were no big deal…ALSO, the top one is a co-worker who is what i call a “keyboard clacker”..types so heavy and damn loud i have to leave my cube. Totally annoying.

  30. arrowhead on March 2nd, 2011 5:14 pm

    What about people that drag their boots heavily on the carpet while they walk to and from their desk. Didn’t your mother ever tell you to pick up your feet when you walk!!!!!?

  31. lindsey on March 3rd, 2011 8:26 pm

    people that constantly talk about themselves.

  32. notjeff on March 5th, 2011 1:27 pm

    An ex-corker’s voice made me cringe. She was loud, abrasive, acted in charge, & really sounded like she was never introduced to grammar. I always wondered who hired her. This was the education field; talking to parents, districts, companys, in student related meetings, etc. She’d say “glad all of yous could make it”, “but she don’t”, “we was hired for”, among many others. She didn’t just smile or giggle, she cackled like she had to lay an egg. Her regular speaking voice was the same. She wouldn’t calm down to save her life.

    We all cursed, but controled it in meetings & on the phone. I’d dig my fingers into the chair, my mind would be on those words, or I’d look around seeing if anyone else cringed. I would then be lost in where we were in conversation.

    I hate the overuse of “it is what it is”. Don’t use it every time you can’t think of what to contribute to the conversation. Just stop talking. Using The wrong word altogether gets me too; such as “he pronasticates” instead of “procrastinate”. Everyone makes a mistake, but to keep on mispronouncing a word everytime like” MU-ni-ci-pal” instead of mu-NI-ci-pal. Personally I can’t stand when someone pronounces the “T” in “often” or “don” instead of “dawn”, as in “soon it will be don” instead of “soon it will be dawn”. There’s also no second “H” in height, not heighht. It’s “length not “lenth”, and “width” not “widt” or “witth”. Lastly your child doesn’t have “chickenpops” and you don’t eat “skrimps”.

    Just a couple of my pet peeves.

  33. Rurh on March 13th, 2011 5:10 pm

    Humming!!!! It drives me nuts!!! I have to work closely with this woman and she hums constantly, I know that she knows it irrates me so she does more!!!

    I try and act as if it doesn’t bother me (ie what is the name of that song) Also, we work retail and my cusromer’s like me and I go the extra mile to help them. She will say things like “Do you talk to everyone, you better be careful and things like that” I guess that’s part to working with people it takes all kinds. I’ve also worked there longer than her and she knows that I make more money than her!!!

  34. Sandi on March 18th, 2011 4:25 pm

    Maybe put a fake positive pregnancy test on the co-workers desk with a note that says “your late” male or female

    Take credit where credit is due..period

    keep personal grooming habits at home, we find it GROSS

    eat stinky food at home..dont bring it to work

    keep cell phone conversations private..we dont give a crap whos sleeping with who..this is soooooooo unprofessional

    i dont want to buy any of yoiur kids stuff..dont peddle it at work..AVON but not candy or calendars

    BE PROFESSIONAL..PERIOD !!!!!!!!!

  35. M on March 24th, 2011 9:52 am

    Co-workers who do not stay in their own lane. Delusional to the fact that they think they are in charge when they are not!

    Lie about their agenda as if you can’t see what’s really going on. Claim to be busy yet you find ‘em shooting the breeze w/several people throughout the day.

    Want to help you when you don’t need it yet still claiming they are SO Busy. If you are so damn busy then stay the frig out of my lane!!!

    Runs around like a chicken w/their head cut off, when they can simply pick up the phone and save time in their supposed busy schedule!

    Who drive themselves crazy and want to blame it me and stick it to you behind your back because they are passive aggressive crazy.

    Who ask you so many questions NEEDLESSLY. and no matter you tell ‘em they want to argue everything you reply back.

    SHE should be strangled!!!

  36. Trisha on March 25th, 2011 3:13 pm

    My coworker overshares. Every day, all day long. I know every detail of her sex life and her medical conditions including gynecological. I even have to listen to the medical problems of all of her family members, in detail. It seems like nothing embarasses her and she has NO secrets. And not only does she share the gross things, she shares the mundane as well. What was on reality TV last night. The contents on her fridge. Her scores on facebook games like Farmville. She seems to have to fill every second of silence with talk about HERSELF. The worst part? She’s a mom and she hardly ever even mentions her kids!

  37. CB on March 30th, 2011 7:19 am

    So what was the point of this article? Was it just a venting thing? I was hoping for some solutions.

  38. Boring on April 16th, 2011 7:47 am

    So is it intentional for this article to be borderline racist and chauvinist? A black lady with the annoying “Saints Go Marching On” ring-tone, really? And when is it ever a good idea to buy a lady a shirt that says “Stinky Tuna”?

  39. Jerry on April 18th, 2011 9:25 am

    …and then the race card was pulled. Of course, “boring” failed to notice that the description of the annoying ring tone was talking about a guy, not a black woman like the photo portrayed. But I guess that’s wat the net is for: anonymous bashing. At least be observant when you bash…and keep the race card in your pocket.

  40. roger weeks on May 19th, 2011 12:59 pm

    how about coworkers who cannot operate a computer, fax machine, copier, or telephone and come to ask you a question about it or come fix it every 5 seconds, even though they’ve worked there for like 5 years??

  41. Kantbahlivit on May 24th, 2011 10:47 pm

    It’s normal behaviour when people get locked up for hours within surrounding walls, so get back to work!!

  42. Faye on May 24th, 2011 11:24 pm

    Oh so true. I retired early because of the same type of co-workers, who had other annoying habits as well. Living is not as easy now, the pension sucks but it was worth it!!!

  43. ally on May 25th, 2011 7:55 am

    Some of these annoy me a couple i am guilty of.

    But they all pale in comparison to those who like to cut their co workers down on a public forum like a newspaper!!!!

    What is wrong with you people????

    What kind of sadistic person publishes, or broadacasts private habits of others to the media??? Some people have too much time to bitch and not enough concentration.

    I’d just liike to have a job or an income these days, without all the bitching.

    Go back to Gattica!!

  44. Emma on May 25th, 2011 7:17 pm

    Please add: Emotionally retarded people/boss who cannot control her anger at the absolute slightest of things. Followed with yelling at me when my colleagues (her other direct reports) in other offices do something wrong, only to spend the rest of my day next to a guy who seems to have grown up with George of the Jungle, had never seen a fold up umbrella (how is this going to stop my head from getting wet?), seems to have learnt english out of the smallest dictionary in the world, who is constantly late and never in trouble for it (when literally have my job security threatened if I am late from my 35km drive to work because I had to move offices as a favour, to help out with the dimwit that is already here) and this is when he actually manages to make it to work but when he does, you can be sure that he will tell you in great detail, which part of the bible he is currently meditating on (should he even be using that word???!!) and constantly telling you about how he and his son have, will, do pray for you and your family. Please dont! Oh there is just too much to fit in here. And as a result, I have recently become the smelly ashtray person again.

  45. Deb on May 28th, 2011 9:14 am

    coworkers who touch my hair, pull on it, and pull on my pony-tail, all this after tounching the phone, keyboard, and various other sufaces and picked their nose for all I know.

  46. KK on June 14th, 2011 2:44 pm

    What about the girl who plays lotto – spends her whole paycheck and then asks you if she can have your lunch and needs to borrow money to pay her mortage

  47. Nikki on June 21st, 2011 3:00 pm

    I sit next to two middle aged women with children. Everyday at 7am they start talking loudly about their daily trials with their kids. They then go on to watch a TV show online (using headphones) and blurt out comments that make no sense to anyone else. They have this weird midwesttern accent that prolongs the words like “back” to “biaack” that make them sounds like total morons. Theyre both fat and they smoke. I have been at the company for three months and I am hoping I can find another job soon.

    Then there is my other coworked (Mr. C). I think he is 36 and BORED. This morning I had to fake being on the phone to avoid having an unending conversation with him. Whats worse? He makes stupid jokes about me like “oh that meeting is during your nap time” or “oh youll be the shortest person there”

    If I was the manager, I would fire him for making inappropriate jokes and being too chatty. I feel better now.

  48. PBJ on June 29th, 2011 10:33 am

    Am I the only one that likes my job and my co-workers?

    Everyone has their own issues. I find it best to lead by example, and speak up when someone has crossed the line (just make sure the line has been crossed and you are not just being petty yourself).

    In most offices you can voice your concerns to management without filing a formal complaint, and they can give you insight or direction as to why something is the way it seems, and hopefully, help to alleviate the bad situations.

  49. Annoyed on July 26th, 2011 11:32 am

    My cube mate constantly clicks his pen cap and the whole team hates it. I’ve told him it’s annoying but he continues to do it. He even does in meetings in front of the execs. Any tips to get him to stop!! I thought about stealing all of his pens but he would know it was me! Doh!!

    He is also the “know it all” of our group and take 20 minutes to explain something that could be done in 30 seconds or less.

  50. Bethann on August 17th, 2011 4:01 pm

    My co worker drives me nuts. She is turned to my desk and talking in my ear all day long. She tells me about every minute of her life, even down to her kids homework assignments.. I could scream!! She is constantly in my ear. It is almost impossible for me to compose an email at work because she won’t stop talking long enough for me to get my thoughts together. Not only that, she is constantly looking over my shoulder, reading my emails, watching me enter my productivity, watching to see when I schedule time off, etc. I know this because she has the nerve to comment on these things if she doesn’t like what she sees. I’ve seen a chiropractor who told me that my neck is out of alignment from constantly movement to the right to try to be nice to her. She does practically nothing all day, except enter her time to make sure she gets paid for being there!!! I’m ready to scream!!!!!!

  51. tumble on December 22nd, 2011 5:42 pm

    what really amazes me is how spineless you people are who put up with this annoying stuff and won’t confront the co worker.

    If someone is talking to you all day, or tapping, or eating smelly food near you, it is up to you to politely tell them to stop it.

    I’m a consultant and I may come in at 7am or 10am but I am there way past any of the low to mid level workers so really it is of no concern to them what time I get there or leave or how many days a week I work. I’m not an employee of the company.

    At my age and level, my clients wouldn’t care if I showed up wearing a bathing suit as long as I solve their problems. We older people get away with more as we’ve paid our dues. I’ve seen other senior people wear tennis shoes and Hawaiian shirts. I sometimes wear tennis shoes. When and if you get to our level then you can do what you want but until then mind your own bees wax and follow your company rules.

  52. John D. on December 30th, 2011 2:38 pm

    @Tumble – what on earth does your comment have to do with this post?

    You stated that you’re not even an employee of the company you work at, so how does any of this article apply to you, then?

    You’re telling other people to follow rules, then (seemingly) boasting (why, I have no idea) about the fact that you don’t have to follow the rules at the company you work at?

    And on what planet, and in what dimension, do you seriously think that having ‘paid your dues’ gives you exclusive privelges that co-workers aren’t entitled to?

    Are you serious? If that’s what you think, no wonder you’re self-employed.

    Your post is a disjointed ramble with no point to make and no relation to the article.

  53. Shannon D. on January 18th, 2012 5:07 pm

    There is the potato chip cruncher that starts at 9:00 in the morning! Potato chips and pop can openings all day long! She is also the person that interrupts other peoples conversations, and when a manager asks somebody to do something, she yells out “I can do that”. Answers questions asked of others, talks loudly on her cell phone (personal things we don’t want to hear), tells us about health issues that we really don’t want to hear about ( who would tell co-workers that the rash on her face is a herpes viral infection!), plays on the internet and cell phone, arrives late, takes long lunches, sometmes smells like cat urine, her cubicle is a mess…and this isn’t the full list of things she does that annoys the rest of us!

    Also, I agree with John D.! Everybody, self employed or not should respect those that he/she has to work with!!!!!

  54. CC on January 23rd, 2012 5:24 pm

    I work with a girl who is the laziest thing I’ve ever seen and like so many others, never gets called on the carpet for it. I just don’t get it !! She shows up late every day, takes an extra half hour for lunch and leaves early. She also has the loudest mouth and never stops talking about her child. It’s constant. Its not like the rest of us don’t have children, but somehow hers is the only one any of us ever hear about because she’s constantly talking about her and about 100 times louder than any of the rest of our voices. How could anyone like this keep her job ?! There are a thousand other more capable and responsible people out there that would love to have her job and could no doubt so better at it than she. But then again she is also a brown noser…….that must be why she’s still here :-(

  55. CC on January 23rd, 2012 5:31 pm

    Oh! I forgot this part, she constantly Facebook’s and texts too. Now I say again…WHY WOULD ANYONE KEEP HER ON AS AN EMPLOYEE ?!!!……I work my ass off and to be in the same office with someone who does essentially nothing is so frustrating I could scream ….maybe I need to look for work elsewhere.

  56. Anonymous_Adult on March 24th, 2012 4:04 pm

    I think a lot of people need to grow up. If your co-worker overshares, tell him/her that you are not comfortable hearing such personal information. The reaction is on them, at that point – you have acted like an adult. If someone is peddling a kid’s cookies, Christmas cards, or magazines, and you don’t want to buy them, don’t flipping buy them. Just say no.

    The guy in the next cube smells like smoke? Chances are, your cologne bothers someone, too. If you are allergic, fine. Ask to be moved. Don’t start a cabal to get the guy fired. And if there is ever a consensus on what food odors are acceptable for the office, be prepared for a lifetime of Velveeta sandwiches on white bread, because that is about as scentless (and artificial) as a meal can get.

    Finger-tappers, people who hum show tunes all day or mumble under their breath at their keyboards are part of life in the real world.

    If your co-worker is actually shirking his/her duties, bullying others with racist or sexist comments, or shirking assigned work, you have a right to complain. Odd habits and human weaknesses exist everywhere. Chances are, something about your behavior makes someone uncomfortable, too.

    You can have it your way when you are at home. Until then, the only way to get along is to be a little more tolerant, and hopefully, receive repayment in kind.

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