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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Imagine if the “Uber is a good start” guy turned out to be a crazy racist homophobe


Earlier this week, I described the most terrifying moment of my visit to the FreedomFest libertarian conference.

It came during a panel about “hacking the state” where a publisher named Jeffrey Tucker described his vision for a world where technology has disrupted away all regulations and laws. Uber, argued Tucker, was a good “first step” down that road, but was held back by Travis Kalanick’s insistence on regulating the behavior of his drivers.

Tucker also said that the only victims he felt sorry for were those who had been jailed for creating libertarian trading platforms for drugs and other illegal products and services:

“I cry about… my friend [Silk Road founder] Ross Ulbricht…. There is so much injustice in the world… If any of you want to minister to prisoners, now is a good time.”

As I wrote, Tucker came across as a fully fledged sociopath; someone who would see the world burn and call it progress. I suggested that Tucker represents a new breed of modern tech-savvy libertarian, the old racist guard of Libertarian having withered away.

It turns out I was wrong. Not about Tucker being a fucking nut — in fact, as you’ll see, he’s far more crazy than I could possibly have imagined — but rather about him being a new breed…

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