9 habits that drive your co-workers crazy


1. Whistling

The workplace isn’t a concert hall. If your lips are constantly piping out show tunes, theme songs or pop melodies, you’re sure to annoy more than a few people. Lauren Zarzour, senior digital strategist for Vert, explains why:

2. Turning one message into a never-ending email chain

Have you ever received an email that quickly evolved into an inclusionary monster? Wayne Duan, director of digital commerce retail products for Walgreens.com and Drugstore.com, discusses when the CC button turns ugly:

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3. Using the word “like”

Like, are you ever stuck in an important conversation with, like, a person who can’t, like, stop saying “like?” Damon Davoudpour, director of marketing at Shoney’s Restaurants, can relate. Here’s, like, his take on it:

4. Not cleaning up your messes

The office kitchen belongs to everyone in the organization-not just you. Denise Zimmerman, president and chief strategy officer at Netplus, explains why leaving the kitchen messy is the ultimate pet peeve:

5. Not using headphones

These days many offices are open, creative workspaces. Fortunately, headphones exist. Unfortunately, not everyone got the memo. Dustin Engel, head of analytics and data activation at PMG Advertising Agency, doesn’t want to hear your music. Here’s why:

6. Scheduling unnecessary conference calls

Email exists because we’re all busy and need to concentrate. Scheduling too many calls (and then shooting the breeze when you’re on them) occurs far too often. Ryan Holiday, a leading media strategist and writer, explains why this sin must stop:

7. Not hitting deadlines

People expect you to keep your promises. If you miss a deadline, you’re proving you can’t keep a promise—especially if you aren’t up front about why you were late. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, explains why this is annoying:

8. Overusing corporate clichés

“Let’s offline this, table that, run this up the flagpole …” To say workers are overusing corporate language these days is an understatement. Tara Vollmert leads shopper and predictive insights for The Clorox Co., and she explains why the excessive use of mumbo jumbo must end:

9. Relying on internal lingo

Everyone loves a good buzzword, but when you pepper otherwise straightforward conversation with unnecessary lingo, you become a bore. Kimberly Ruthenbeck, director of Web customer experience for Room & Board, discusses this pet peeve:

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Workplace habits that drive co-workers bonkers


Repeated tardiness, whining, shirking work and olfactory assaults—pungent foods, acrid fragrances and noxious body odor—top the list of things people hate about their colleagues.

By Karl Young | Posted: July 24, 2015

Lateness, whining and eating smelly food are office workers’ most annoying habits.

Office workers find colleagues’ lateness to be the most annoying habit, a new study finds, although only a third are prepared to do anything about it. More than 40 percent of respondents said that annoyance made them consider leaving their jobs—with a striking 5 percent having actually quit.

The top 20 most annoying habits by rank:

1. Being regularly late
2. Whining all the time
3. Eating stinking food
4. Taking lots of cigarette breaks
5. Deliberately taking a long time to do something/constant procrastination
6. Not replacing things that run out (e.g., printer paper, coffee)
7. Talking on the phone too loudly
8. Having bad hygiene (coffee breath, BO, visibly dirty clothes)
9. Gossiping
10. Spraying deodorants, aftershaves and perfumes at desk
11. Coming to work when very ill
12. Texting/using mobile phone all day
13. Having an untidy desk
14. Talking too much about private life
15. Invading personal space
16. Not making a tea round
17. Humming/whistling/singing
18.Constantly tapping/clicking pens/typing too loud
19. Stealing other people’s food/lunch
20. Using jargon

Colleagues who whine all the time were found to be the second-most annoying thing in the nation’s offices, the study by Viking reveals.

Misspent time was a key theme amongst the top five habits on the list of 20, with excessive smoking breaks and deliberate procrastination taking top positions.

Colleagues who eat smelly food in the office were also a major annoyance, suggesting that not everyone is impressed by aromatic comestibles.

Only a third of respondents were prepared to try and solve a given problem, with a further 30 percent saying they avoided approaching the problem in order to avoid conflict.

The majority did not consider leaving their jobs to be an appropriate response however, with 51 percent stating they “didn’t think it was that much of a problem.”

Women are more likely to be riled by an empty toilet paper holder, whereas men ranked office gossip as a top bad habit. When it comes to confrontation, women are more likely to keep quiet to keep the peace.

This article originally appeared on Viking Direct.

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