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According to a survey, 57% voters thought that noisy eating was the most annoying habit to tolerate in a workplace!
While it is natural to not get along with every colleague, it is very possible to live in harmony with one another. Since it is a professional environment, priority must be given to the job at hand and not interpersonal likes and dislikes. That being said, there are some things that one must just never do while at the workplace.
Some of the most annoying employee habits are often those that are done without thinking. Little things such as laughing in a bizarre manner or talking a lot about yourself or your pet can get to people's nerves. However, there is no telling as to what can irk or creep people out.
There is a very fine line between maintaining professionalism and going overboard with your mannerisms at office. Here is a list of 10 most annoying employee behavior that should not be encouraged.
In a competitive work environment, it takes every ounce of concentration and skill to get the job done well. It can get extremely annoying to have a colleague interrupt you for small talk, give details about a late night party, or inquire about the weather. You can tell a lot about a person's attitude towards their job by the sincerity with which they work.
Do not be surprised if some of your co-workers know how much you earn and what you did last summer!
Since every office has a specific dress code, all are expected to follow the norms and come dressed in a presentable manner. It would be nice to have people tuck in their shirts properly, comb their hair once in a while, and not wear shoes that squeak or tick-tock.
Yes, we know you're on an important call, but can you tone it down a notch please! There are some overzealous employees who forget that there are others who are trying to focus and meet deadlines as well.
While we know how important conference calls are for the clients and the organization, the ideal approach should be to use appropriate headphones and keep the noise levels low, so that others can concentrate without being distracted.
Similarly, some people have a bad habit of talking loudly while answering their personal calls, which unintentionally lets out private information. While most co-workers just don't care to know the context of the conversation, a few will circulate the gossip even before the phone conversation is over.
Just like how we would knock on a door before entering, it would be polite to ask the co-worker for permission before entering the cubicle. There could be instances when co-workers do not wish to be interrupted because they are on a call or working on something urgent. If you think they are busy, wait a while, or come back later.
People who smoke tend to reek of stale cigarettes not only from their clothes, but also when they speak. If you happen to shake hands with a smoker you'll surely find your hands smelling of the stuff as well. Body odor can really put off co-workers just as much as the excessive use of cologne can paralyze their sense of smell.
Colleagues who bully and use foul or crass language and gestures are sure to find themselves in the cubicles next to the washroom, where no one ever wants to stop for a chat.
Heck, then the whole office should start taking longer breaks, idling online, or talking on their phones, if that's the way to gain extra free time at work! The only way to stop testing people's patience is to limit the amount of breaks you take, and take them at the appropriate time.
Similarly, co-workers who hold more important posts in the office hierarchy often tend to extract help from other colleagues to finish their own pending work. However, when asked to help in a similar situation, these co-workers are likely to refuse, make flimsy excuses, and squeeze their way out of the situation.
Employees who have to deal with this irksome situation must ensure that they keep their computers password-protected, so that no one can tamper with their work while they are away from their desk.
They come when they feel like it and make it evident to everyone else that they are late and proud of it.
There is also a second category of latecomers who not only arrive late but turn the whole office upside down with their never-ending complaints about the traffic, dropping the kids off to school, not finding the right dress and matching shoes to wear, etc. An ideal gift for such co-workers is an alarm clock to make life easier for everyone involved.
While there are a gazillion other things that bother co-workers, some bit of leeway must be given so as to let each colleague work in peace. After all, we can't have everything our way and we can't change ourselves completely for someone else.