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Updated on October 27, 2016
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There are many reasons why people love working at home. They love the work and don’t like the bad office politics, the interruptions, or many annoying behaviors that are distracting during a work day in the cubicle life. Some behaviors are just plain rude. Just for the record whenever the words “you” or “your” are used in this article, it is not you personally who is reading this article. It is used in the plural sense, and thank you for stopping by.

Consider yourself blessed if you have a home office that you utilize for your job. You have your private quiet space versus a noisy cubicle with too much traffic. This article is not meant to sound negative or judgmental, and I know it is a blessing to have a job, but listed below are a few distractions and annoyances that may be common in many office work environments today and ways to annoy your coworkers. If none of these behaviors get on your nerves, then you are blessed and more power to you. To eliminate these actions from your everyday behavior will increase the likelihood you will not be one of the annoying people that nobody likes. The following are typical ways to annoy your coworkers.

In A Cubicle Environment

  • Chewing your food with your mouth open. The loud crunching of the Doritos and Cheetos and carrots and apples should be saved for the lunchroom. It is better to take a quick 5-minute break and go to the lunchroom to do all your crunching, slurping, and smacking.
  • Clipping your fingernails.
  • Loud obnoxious coughing / gagging, all day long. If you are not feeling well please go home, or at least go home to work.
  • Your radio noise. Maybe nobody else likes your taste in music, plus they are trying to work and concentrate – get some headphones.
  • Your noisy wave machine. See above - maybe to you it is relaxing white noise, but to others it is electronic static noise from where they sit – get some headphones.
  • Loud talking over the cubicle walls – it is much more polite to pick up the phone and dial the extension and then speak to the person.
  • Loud personal phone conversations.
  • Loud, screechy, high-pitched, hyena-like laughter several times a day.

In The Kitchen

  • Taking the sugar or creamer spoon and stirring your coffee with it, then putting the spoon back in the sugar or creamer bowl, which now it is all icky and caked for the next person to enjoy.
  • Leaving spills on the floor, where someone could slip and fall.
  • Leaving spills, food debris, empty sugar packets, and empty creamer packets in little piles on the counter and not wiping them up.
  • Leaving your coffee mug and other dirty dishes in the sink, thinking one of the “girls” will clean it for you.
  • Heating strong, potent, or smelly food in the microwave which makes the whole kitchen stink and at the end of the hallway they are asking what the heck is that smell?
  • Forgetting about your lunch in the company refrigerator and the mold starts growing on it. This is especially gross when your food is in a clear plastic bag or container and everyone gets to watch the show unfold. We now have a policy at our office – Don’t Ask Who it Belongs To. Just Throw It Away, Container and All. Right Now.
  • Not checking if the dishes are clean in the dishwasher and proceed to add the dirty dishes with the clean dishes.
  • If you take the last of the coffee, p-l-e-a-s-e turn off the coffee pot so the pot does not get burned so at the end of the hallway they aren't asking what the heck is that smell?

How many more times today will you ask?
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In The Bathroom

  • This is going to sound really mean -- Cutting big giant farts while doing number 2 -- Stop It. At least if someone else is in the bathroom with you. I realize we are all human and sometimes you just can’t help it. Maybe you ate something bad and couldn’t help it. But keep in mind it is just plain nasty. I’m sorry.
  • Leaving clumps of toilet paper for all to see. If the toilet doesn’t get it all the first time, please flush it again.
  • Ladies - I am sorry this may sound crude, but you know who you are. Stop leaving the toilet seat nasty if you are at that time of the month. Please check the toilet seat, and clean it if necessary before you leave the stall.
  • Leaving used paper towels laying on the floor because you missed the trash can. Please pick up your debris and throw it away.

In The Hallways

  • Conducting a 20-minute conversation about personal stuff or football outside someone’s cubicle who is trying to concentrate and get their work done.
  • Saying Hello and asking how you’re doing 5 times a day. What was my answer the last 4 times you asked me how I was doing today?
  • I am on a mission when walking down the hall. I must talk to a manager about a pressing issue – right now. Or I must make a quick copy for a meeting – right now. If you see me pass by your office, don’t bellow my name and expect me to have a 15-minute conversation to solve your problem. If it was so important to begin with you should have called or emailed me about it before you saw me walking down the hall.

Bad Bosses

  • If you tell your employee five (5) times that they are entitled to their vacation and they should go ahead and make plans because you are approving their vacation time off, don’t tell them 2 weeks before their approved vacation that you have a project due and they can’t take all of their vacation days after all. Especially if it is an hourly worker bee you are talking to. That BS is way above their pay scale.
  • If you tell employees that you want to learn the process in place, then listen to them and try to go with the flow. Don’t become obstinate and stubborn and refuse to be a team player, as well as argue and refuse to listen because you don't like the way things are done.
  • Here you are, all worried about meeting your “numbers” for the quarter. The Executive Staff looks at the “numbers” every quarter, and you act like you are so concerned it. Well I have a 8-inch stack of customer reports that you need to approve before I can invoice them. It is, after all, your hard and fast rule that absolutely no customer reports leave that office without your approval. I have carried the stack into your office and told you I have in my hands about $100K worth of revenue if you would just read these reports and approve them to send to customers. I have asked for approval for the last 3 months and you haven’t done nothing yet. Put down the bottle and do some work.

If the door to the conference room is closed, you can pretty much bet there is a meeting in progress.
If the door to the conference room is closed, you can pretty much bet there is a meeting in progress. | Source

In Daily Work Issues

  • Every time you receive an email with pertinent detailed information you expect someone to explain all the details in the email to you because you “didn’t have time to read it”.
  • You never read your emails because you’re too busy doing…whatever you do…and we have to always tell you there was an email sent out about it.
  • You knew for the last 4 weeks this project was due today, and now all of a sudden on a Friday afternoon you want me to help you get the brunt of it complete? Your lack of togetherness does not constitute chaos in my life (but being the people pleaser that I am I usually stay and do it anyway and get some overtime).
  • Poking your head into a closed door meeting to see if this conference room is taken. In most offices, there is a high probability there is a conference room calendar that shows all the available and booked rooms. If the door is closed, there is a 99.9% chance someone else booked this room and a meeting is in progress.
  • You hijack a conference room because your meeting is going over the allotted time. Who cares if someone else has the conference room booked right after you and they need to start their meeting. This is a sure fire way to get on everyone’s bad side. For Sure. Especially if the admin ordered catering for the next meeting and needs to set up the food in the room you are hijacking.
  • Then there is the proverbial backstabber -- the backstabber doesn't think people will notice, but oh they do. Keep bad mouthing people and trying to throw others under the bus to make yourself look good and you will for sure have no invitations to the team building lunches nor the power lunches. Or to the coworkers weekend BBQ. Ditto for the busy-body gossips.
  • If you give me a 30-page Word document you want formatted (i.e. line spacing, fonts, bullets, headers, footers, page numbers, adding charts, cover sheet, updated table of contents), first of all I need a MINIMUM of 1 hour to accomplish this. Do not tell me you have to leave in 30 minutes to take it to the customer site. Secondly, after I spent a few hours formatting this document and email it back to you, do not say to me that you added pricing to the document as well, except it was not in the document I just formatted. NEVER make revisions while I am formatting. We need to work from the same document. UNDERSTAND?? Why is this so difficult for you to understand?

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      thatchjl 4 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      Although I am now retired from the corporate world, this brought back a lot of memories and made me chuckle. I don't know how you handle the first "bathroom" issue, but it does create a picture.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I hold my nose and try to get out of there as soon as possible LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Although I don't work in an office, we have many of the same issues in the school environment. I have actually left notes on the bathroom mirror asking my co-workers to "Keep it clean, please." It is unbelievable what adult "professionals" will do when they think people are watching. Good hub.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hello donnah75 - I know several people who are teachers with the public school system and they think sometimes the parents are worse than the kids. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is a very interesting and funny hub and I can relate to many of these annoying office practices. Since working in a school in Thailand, I have found that many of my Thai co-workers leave their cellphones in the office while they are out without putting their ringing tones on mute. This is so irritating when you keep hearing the ringing tone for up to 5-10 minutes on some occasions. Voted up and sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      When I worked in corporate when I was much younger I could relate to most of your article. Your article is spit on. I am sharing and voting up.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This was a fantastic hub and very enjoyable read. The statement about asking how you are you doing hits home with me. I hate that question in the workplace, because 9 times out of ten, if you were to actually say something other than good, the person on the receiving end would have all ready walked away or started another topic of conversation. Great article, funny, truthful, and realistic. Great job, voted up, funny, useful, and shared.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This is very true. A good rule of thumb is to not participate in office politics. I don't really like office jobs. This sort of thing happens in this type of environment. I actually wrote an article on gossipers today if you like to check it out. Voted up!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub effient, this one is so true. The guy in the cubicle beside me eats power bars every morning, smacking his lips so loud I had to bring in headphones to block it out. Great points, great hub, voted up and awesome!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Paul Kuehn - thanks for reading and yes those cell phones could be a distraction. There is a notice posted on the kitchen bulletin board to keep cell phones silent but nobody pays attention. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      Janine Huldie - I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices these things LOL. Thanks for your comments and vote and share.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Josh - how true that is! Thanks for reading and comments and for the votes and share.

      lovedoctor - I'm with you on the office jobs. I am looking forward to reading your article and thanks for stopping by and for the commenting and vote.

      weestro - I also have the Cheeto cruncher in the cube next to me and this same person all day long talks to herself via whispering so I put on my headphones when the whispers get too loud. Thanks very much for your comments and votes.

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Efficient/Michelle . . .LOVED THIS HUB!!! Where have you been all of my writing career? Huh? Voted up and all the buttons they had. I love this type of hub and actually did some of these things when I was able to work. My coworkers hated me sometimes. I miss the annoying things I would do them such as Page myself over the intercom. Good times.

      Have a great day and glad to know someone in Charlotte. I have relatives in Woodruff, S.C.!! Yaay!

      Kenneth

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hello Kenneth - glad you stopped by and I'm glad you like this hub. You are hilarious! I love reading your hubs! Thanks for the votes and for your comments.

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Efficient . . .hello. Im glad I stopped by for reading and meeting you, was a distinct pleasure. And a warm thank you for the compliment on my hubs as well. DO NOT worry. I will never forsake this friendship and always support whatever subject YOU are hubbing about . . .with the exception of banning coffee from the market or public hangings.

      Deal?

      Kenneth

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You seem to have covered it all. You have given a different perspective to the great blessing that belongs to those who work at home. Voted useful and interesting.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Kenneth - Deal !!

      MsDora - thanks for stopping by and for your votes. I hope to be one of those blessed people working at home one day!! At least that is a goal of mine.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....remind me to never share office space with you. This was hilarious; I'm sorry I'm late to the party but at least I'm here. Great job!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      You don't want to share an office space with me? I thought we were buddies tee hee!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Due to recent events and circumstances in the last few weeks, I have now added the following to this hub: a) Bad Bosses section; b) added the last bullet item to the Work Issues; and c) added the last bullet item to In the Hallways section. As time goes on I am sure I will add more revisions as necessary, because I have a lot of material to work with.

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      mommy ara 4 years ago from Philippines

      I can totally relate to some of the issues you mentioned. I also hate co-workers who do nothing all day and get away with it! And of course, office politics. This was quite rampant in the last office job I held. I got tired of it so I left. I am now working at home and enjoying the solitude.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hello mommy ara - thanks for reading and commenting. Yes I am longing for the day when I can work at my home office. However the office today was real quite because all the Noisy people were in a meeting, so actually today it wasn't so bad!

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      You are so right on these, although I have to admit I've never encountered the wave machine at the office yet. I hope I don't either. I sit way to close to people to deal with that kind of distraction. Fun hub and voted up!

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Efficient, these are hysterical. Here's another: when your boss' daughter is getting married and you get an invitation to the wedding, even though you've never met her and wouldn't recognize her photo.

      That's happened to me more than once, and yes, I coughed up the money for that Wedgwood plate on her gift list -- though it was a sad parting between me and that $150.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Jeannie - I believe this is my first wave machine too LOL. Someone complained about it so this person turned it off. Thanks for reading and the vote.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      These were great, and oh, so true! I can add a few more: There was the young receptionist who came to work in sleeveless gauze tops and short skirts and then put a space heater under her desk to bring the temp in the front office up to 98°.

      Then there was the gal who talked the boss into letting her start an hour before everyone else got to the office because she liked to get home early. She spent that hour on the phone with her daughter who lived in another state!

      And I'll always remember the sound of my boss yelling to me as I sat in the next office, "STEPHANIE! How do I sort my Excel spreadsheet? (or make bullets in a document, or find an email attachment?).."

      Yep, glad to be retired! :)

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hello mollymeadows - Ouch! I hope that never happens again to you. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Really impressed by your creative idea for writing the hub.Enjoyed reading it!!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hello mmsu - thanks for reading and your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed!

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      James Vernon 4 years ago from UK

      Good hub. Liked it. Voted up and funny.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hi James Vernon - glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by and reading and for the votes.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great Hub, Michelle! We have a backstabber where I work. He's notorious for trying to get other people in trouble when he messes up. Hopefully Karma will intervene at some point! ;)

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      lindacee - thank you and it's always a good thing when everybody else knows it too. Thanks for stopping by and I too hope karma will intervene soon!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You are a girl with my kind of mentality! I often wondered what their home conditions resembled. We used to put up a sign that said "Your Mother doesn't work here - CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF!" I so hate bad bathroom habits including not flushing or washing hands. Where were they raised - in a barn? And the reason they didn't get the project finished or didn't read through their e-mails is because they say hello to everyone they pass - 40 times a day, spending 30 minutes with each co-worker discussing last nights commercials.....

      Now look what you've done - you went and GOT ME STARTED!

      Great hub and I'm voting it up.

      Great sense of humor as well!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Haha too funny shiningirisheyes, that is so true, they spend too much time gabbing with everyone about.......nothing important.

      And OMG, true story, there is a sign just like that at my office -- right over the sink that says.....wait for it......here it comes.....: YOUR MOTHER DOESN'T WORK HERE. And then underneath there are bulleted items explaining to 1) don't leave dishes in the sink, 2) put dirty dishes in the dishwasher-- hahaha you have to laugh at it.

      Go ahead and get started, I love it! Thank you very much for the vote and for stopping by and commenting!

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      ftclick 4 years ago

      I never got annoyed very much with co-workers (when I did work at an office) . I just noticed the office romances that happened and how some people got better time off than others. Nothing really annoying where I was, a stock brokerage house. I became one of those slew of people from your question outside of the hub. :)

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Down with office politics! Working with mostly women can be a nightmare if you let it get to you. I'm so glad I'm retired I could just scream. I think you hit on just about everything, great hub!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      hello bodylevive - you are so right. Thanks for reading and comments!

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      this is still, probably the BEST hub of this nature on Hubs. Makes my hubs dealing with offices wilt with shame. Great work.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hello kenneth avery - thank you very much!

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      Great tips here. I have had some crazy coworkers and bosses who made working life difficult and attending college impossible. It truly seemed they did not want me to go to college because every time I set a schedule they changed mine even when they said they support people getting an education. Over the course of many months, I began creating separate streams of income because I didn't like dealing with these things and being told what I could do and when I could do it. Now, I absolutely LOVE working from HOME!!!!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      hello Express10 - Yes, that's the dream - to be able to work from home and I'm glad you are able to do that. For me it seems like I keep running into brick walls trying to make it happen.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Hello Efficient and thanks for the reminder! I am soooo lucky to be working from home! My daughter would like to add 'cracking nuckles' to that list of nasty numbers!! Her co-worker cracks his nuckles, eats EVERYTHING with his mouth open wide and smacks his lips constantly. Ick.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      onegreenparachute - ouch yes those crackling knuckles can be a nuisance. And I really get lathered up over the smacking lips and crunching and chewing with mouth opened! My headphones do come in handy I tell you. I'm still trying to find a way to work at home. I like everything about the job, except the cubicle, and the inconsiderate coworkers. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Happy New Year!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      A guy where I used to work was seen clipping his toenails at his desk. Mercifully, I'm not the one who saw it. But I've heard of women who did their entire morning primping at their desks, including make-up and curling iron.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Marcy - we had a guy once who always clipped his fingernails at his desk and --true story--someone went to HR and complained LOUD about it! In hindsight it's hilarious but at the time it wasn't funny. Thanks for stopping by to read and commenting.

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      jane 4 years ago from perth

      Your hub is totally on point with the issues it addresses, some of these work places you begin to wonder if you ever left high school.lol

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Efficient Admin, this is such a great topic. Yes, a lot of those things you mentioned are really annoying at work, especially the radio playing loud, as I work in a cubicle and my neighborhood blasts her music. Your article title is also brilliant, by the way. Nice job!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      careermommy - thank you very much. I don't know how anyone can stand that radio noise when they are trying to work. Thanks for the compliment and for reading and commenting!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This makes me very happy that I don't have to go outside of the house to work. When I did work before I stayed home with the kids, we worked with a very small group of people. For the most part, you could tolerate, but occasionally it got on your nerves especially when people didn't pick up after themselves!

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      alwaysamber 4 years ago

      This is too funny! Chewing with your mouth open...haha! Love this hub!

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Everyone where I work yells at each other from way across the room ~ you don't even know who people are talking too. I guess you can say we have no secrets from one another, just a lot of yelling.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Truly amazing you have good ways in annoying coworker, and funny too. I am sure these ways can work wonders.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      barbergirl28 - you are very fortunate you don't have to work in an office. I'd rather get stuck with a needle than have to work in an office with no cubicle walls and every has to look at each other. At least my office has cubicle walls LOL! Thanks for reading and comments!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      alwaysamber - we now have a name for those that chew loudly with their mouth open: Crunch 'n Munch LOL. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      truthfornow - sounds like a lovely place to concentrate every day LOL. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      DDE - thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Oh, this brought back some memories for me! Agghhh! The pleated skirt and flouncy cravat days. The dee-gusting microwave...I kinda miss the energy, but love the peace of being a personal chef, too. This is a great guide for those still wrestling with the Accidental Co-Worker. I'm hitting "all cylinders" on this one, Michelle!

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      Disillusioned 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      Quite interesting and down to earth!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      C.V. Rajan - thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad you enjoyed this hub and I love your location Somewhere in the web hidden behind bots, crawlers or viruses, LOL that is very unique.

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      Great hub! I am lucky enough to have an office job, but unlucky enough to work very closely with one of those annoying coworkers! Well, the lady in my office is more evil than annoying, but that's another story... same difference in the end :) I have mastered the ability to tune a lot of these things out...however, when all else fails I've found that playing whale sounds off your computer also drowns out the background "noise"....anyway, this was a very nice read! Good to know those of use who are stuck in similar situations aren't alone out there! Voted up, awesome, and funny! :)

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      tastiger04 - you could probably write a hub on the evil lady in your office LOL and yes I too have learned to tune out most of the static in the cubicle. However, currently I have a "whisperer" in the cube next to me who talks to herself all day and it still gets on my nerves. I brought a fan and have it running for white noise which does help except for those moments when the whispering is particularly loud.

      That's too funny about playing whale sounds. I also use headphones to drown out the whispering but sometimes that is inconvenient when I have to get up and move around a lot. Thanks for reading and comment, and thanks very much for the votes up!

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      Oooh I like the fan idea! Yes maybe I will write a hub about her someday :) She is one of a kind, it astounds me how hard some people will work just to be destructive and a pain! She does have a fan as well, so this could be like a battle of white noise :) Thanks for yet again, another great idea!

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      Robert Sacchi 17 months ago

      Yes, these are annoyances that are in many office places. There are also many more. Some other annoyances are a lot worse. It does seem you are better suited to working at home. People who are permitted to work at home should beware of the old joke; "Working from home means checking your emails during commercials." Keep in mind there are ways to annoy when working from home. I found in the office the less I speak, unrelated to work, the more I'm liked.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      I have to tell you in all honesty, that THIS hub was a masterpiece hub.

      I mean it. You covered ever area in and out of the cubicle as well as the restrooms.

      Fantastic job. I loved it.

      Makes my hubs about tips and things look shameful.

      Great work.

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      Efficient Admin 2 months ago from Charlotte, NC

      Kenneth, thank you so much for your uplifting comments! It really makes telecommuting look so much better! Thank you for reading!

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