With many different personalities under one roof and close quarters, there bound to have conflicts with each other. But nothing is more irritating than bad office habits from your closest colleagues.
Here are 11 stories from people who have annoying coworkers.
We have a nice pantry but nobody takes care of it. The dishes and mugs just pile up in the sink until our weekly cleaner comes in to wash them or until someone needs a clean dish. It isn’t even part of our cleaner’s job to wash dishes.
- Alice, Corporate HR
We have a thief in our midst. My packed lunch keep getting stolen in the pantry refrigerator. I got so irritated by it that I brought an expired yoghurt on purpose one day and still, it mysteriously disappeared before lunchtime. Maybe next time, I’ll bring a mouldy sandwich.
- Joshua, Assistant Accountant
My coworkers love to gather around me when I’m working on my desk and talk loudly. They even have team meetings around my desk all the time. I’m non-confrontational so I’ll just plug in my earphones and continue to work. But they can talk so loud at times, even good earphones won’t cancel out the volume. I am not even in the same department as them. It just so happens that there is no available desk so HR asked me to make do.
- Diana, Web Designer
We worked in a small office with a very low ceiling so noise bounces off everywhere. We have a colleague who loves to belt out love songs on top of his voice when he is working. He sings off-key and most of the times, wrong words. We had an intervention last year and we told him to stop singing but somehow the message was lost to him. Now, we just put on our earplugs, complimentary from our boss.
- Sandy, Customer Chat Service
HR just emailed all of us to remind us to lock up our stationaries in our desks at the end of each day because someone has been stealing off our desks everyday and she (HR) is sick of having to replace the lost stationaries and explaining to Finance why stationary budget went off the charts every month.
- Nathan, Sales Invoicing Officer
I have a new colleague, sitting next to me that has no hygiene awareness. She smells as if she hasn’t showered for months, her hair always looks greasy and her breath stinks so bad that colleagues sitting opposite her smell it whenever she talks on the phone. Because of that, nobody wants to go lunch with her and she often complains to me why everyone is so unfriendly in the office.
- Tammy, Shift Planner
You know how negativity brings everyone down. I have a coworker who complains non stop. He will bitch and whine to whoever is in his vicinity. Nothing is good enough for him. Not the weather, not his salary (which is way above market rate), not his job. He will even complain about us to one another. Even when we stopped talking to him, he called up his friends and family to complain about his day. The problem is that he is excellent at his job so our manager can’t fire him. Even when he complains about him within his earshot.
- Mark, Rotational Team Lead
This guy in my workplace just loves to bring his lunch from home. It isn’t that bad if it is sandwiches or something smells nice. It’s fish casserole and it smells horrible. It made the whole office smell like the rubbish dumpster. The smell will last for the rest of the day. It made some of us gag and applied to HR to move seats away from him. Every single day, it is the same lunch. When we politely asked him about it, he said it is his mother who made his lunch every morning for him to bring to work and he hasn’t had the heart to reject her. Now, our bosses just made him take his lunch at the park opposite our office.
- Thomas, Event Coordinator
The new intern just doesn’t get it. We don’t want to be on her Instagram. We hate it when she talks about us in her Facebook posts. We run the other way when she chases us for a selfie. Just yesterday, she took half an hour to shoot the “perfect” photo of her lunch, when we are done with ours, she whined that we didn’t wait for her to finish hers!
- Amelia, Programmer
One of our colleagues loves to boast. So much that we will walk the other way if we saw him approaching us. We don’t believe his tall stories and many times he has been caught telling us lies. Like the time he said he used to work in NASA as an astronaut (really? Then what are you doing in our small time office?) or the time he boasted about spending his weekend at a country club, partying with supermodels and wealthy businessmen, only to be revealed that he has been working overtime in the office all weekend.
- Bob, Technician
Everyone knows salary is confidential but one of our coworkers loves to pester all of us to tell her how much we are being paid. She wants to compare our salary with hers and if her salary is lower, she’ll kick up a big fuss with our bosses. And if she is getting a higher salary, she’ll belittle the other by berating them for not hardworking or smart like her. She has created a lot of enemies in the office.
- Jack, Store Clerk
So what kind of work habits annoys you? Share with us in the comments below!
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