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10 Annoying Habits from Co-Workers

Updated on November 28, 2008
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

Do You have Annoying Co-Workers

You don't happen to have co-workers with annoying habits do you?

Well, since you don't, let us tell you what some of us deal with on a daily and sometimes minute by mintue basis.

Here They Go Again!

You are sitting at your desk concentrating so hard on your work when all of a sudden, WHAM! Your co-worker in the cubicle next to you does it again. And again. Now instead of focusing on your work, you are trying not to jump over the panel. They could be doing any of these things:

  1. Lunch Noises - You can hear every smack and slurp that their mouth can possibly make as they mastigate at the noon hour. Listening to barn yard buffets would be easier to stomach.
  2. Too busy (or NOT) - An urgent deadline, a crises has arisen and amazingly they have WAY too much work to do and they just don't understand it. Teamwork, anyone?
  3. Rude Interuptions - You are discussing an issue with a co-worker when another one shows up and without politely waiting or saying excuse me, they just begin talking and taking over the conversation as though one was not already going on.
  4. Loud Personal Calls -Middle of work day and your co-worker's cell phone rings LOUDLY and then they begin to LOUDLY talk about what Jane said last night and the outrageous clothes Paul wore. 20 minutes later you want to remind them what the paycheck is for.
  5. Claiming Company Property - The copier is not one employee's property for work or personal use. Didn't you learn to SHARE?
  6. Gum Popping - Concentrating on the form in front of you and then POP! POP! POP! He just started chewing gum and is popping every two seconds. And the sounds get louder as the hours pass.
  7. Eavesdropping - Co-workers listening into any conversation (doesn't have to be personal) and making unsoliciated comments. Mind your own business!
  8. Passing the Buck - Don't feel like working today. Go ask Alice.
  9. Ignoring Meetings - An important meeting that they are hounding you to set up. You finally got a good time that everyone accepts and they never show up, call, or email. Two days later they are asking for the meeting again.

  10. Sitting at Others Desks - Have you walked up to your desk after attending a half-hour meeting and there is your co-worker again sitting at your desk looking over your paperwork. They were just waiting on you to return and decided to pass the time.

Irritating co-workers are all around us and I'm sure that this is just the tip of the ice-berg. What do we do? We get irritating back! LOL

Have fun at the work-place!


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      hifizah 5 years ago

      I used to work with a young woman who listened to music and sang during the working hours. The music wasn't too bad but the voice... Luckily she was transferred to other division after four months.

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      Jane 5 years ago

      Hi again - should have also added to above - talking both on and off the phone while eating - talking with mouth full!

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      Jane 5 years ago

      I have worked next to someone for the last 6 years that committs no 1 approx 5 times a day and numbers 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 frequently. Here's another one to add to your list - taking their ever changing moods out on you. I agree that good manners should be taught from birth, then teachers be able to reinforce them so that by the time they get to the workplace they are well-mannered people. I don't know how I've lasted so long next to her.

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      richard roe 6 years ago

      Here's another one to add to your list. A co-worker engaged in personal grooming at their desk, including; pulling out nose hairs, picking their nose, cleaning out ear wax with paper clips, removing their shoes & picking dead skin off their feet, clipping fingernails... it's all so disgusting and should be done in private, yet my co-worker who sits just a few feet away does one or two of these things every day. yikes!

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      hurdlesgreetings 7 years ago

      These are the exact times we thought about when we created our work realated greeting cards. Sometimes you want to say it but you just can't. Send them a card instead!!

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Gossiping is a big one. That cause the most unnessary problems.

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      So true! The photo at the top definitely illustrates one that I hate: GOSSIPING!

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I agree about manners. I've been told I'm too harsh on my children for making them say "Please", "Yes, Ma'am", and "Would You Please". Then when Grandma takes them out she is SO proud of them. When my son pointed out a very rude person the other day, I let him know that that was why I was always on them about. I did not want them to turn out like those people.

      Thank you all for stopping by.

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      Matt Libby 9 years ago from Oak Ridge

      Manners need to be taught at home. The problem is many children don't learn anything about manners until their kindergarten teacher is trying to explain to them why they have to take turns or share. This is 5 years too late.

      Misty your co-worker actually wasn't being rude. They were passive/aggressively sabotageing your sale. It was actually more malicious than rudeness. They got their wish too you left.

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      Sara Algoe 9 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Worse thing about coworker is teaming up part, and always the best politician wins.

      O i hate politics

      Great Hub! I remember that ugliest time of my life was when i worked in a multinational, bigger the enterprise bigger are the politicians around.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      He is #11 on the list. Might have a second list in the makings....

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      Kelley 9 years ago from California

      Doing one's job is relatively easy compared to putting up with co-workers who behave badly. What about the guy who critiques your work performance on a daily basis?...

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      So right. Wish there was a way to teach them. Thanks for stopping by.

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      ajcor 9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      Thanks for this RGraf 1, 2 and 9 are my personal no no's - particularly no.2, unfortunately some people can be incredibly rude and selfish.  cheers

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      That was one of the reasons. There is only so much of being looked at as the doormat that you can take.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Feline Prophet 9 years ago

      Nice hub RGraf! Is that why you left your job and prefer to be self employed? :)

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I personally think that intense politeness training needs to be held at work-place. Thanks for the visit.

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      Cindy Lawson 9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      # 7 definitely, had this when I was selling electrical appliances some years ago. Just as I was explaining to a couple why one particular brand of washing machine was not as good as another, a work colleague of mine stopped by us and started listening. She then chipped in with all this stuff about how I shouldn't listen to all the stuff the reps told us. It was so embarrassing, and once the couple had gone, (and believe me they looked equally shocked by my colleagues behaviour), I stormed over to her and told her to never, ever, dare do that to me again. The next day I gave in my notice, but the senior staff talked me out of it. I lasted a few more weeks, and then gave in my notice again, enough was enough!!