You can pick your friends, you can’t pick your family and for the most part, you can’t pick your co-workers. Even if you could, it’s hard to see through the veneer of professional behaviour most people put on for a job interview. Worst of all, unlike with irritating acquaintances, there’s no avoiding the co-worker who drives you crazy. And if you dodge their calls and emails for too long, it’s your career that suffers.
“If you treat people around you with love and respect, they will never guess that you’re trying to get them sacked.” David Brent, The Office
10 annoying co-worker habits
The workplace is where we spend mosts of our time. We’re forced to talk, work, eat and socialize with people we don’t necessarily like all that much.
- Shirker Worker: This type of co-worker avoids doing any work. 93% of workers say slackers reduce their productivity. In fact, they cost the US economy $300 billion last year alone.
- Crazy Colleague: Throwing tantrums and having arguments in front of everyone. Chronic unresolved conflicts act as a decisive factor in at least 50% of departures.
- Transmitter of Office Tales: They gossip and spread rumours around the office. Gossip costs the UK firms over £8 billion a year.
- Grouchy Grumbler: Being so pessimistic, they bring everyone down. A 2003 study put the cost of workplace depression to the US economy at $44 billion per year.
- Raucous Ringer: These people speak loudly on the phone or banging on the keyboard as they type. On average, a person talks 3 times louder on the phone—about as loud as a vacuum cleaner.
- Rootless Rover: They take long bathroom or smoke breaks. “Fag Breaks” cost the UK economy £21 billion a year.
- Own Larynx Lover: Enjoying the sound of their own voice, they speak excessively—especially during meetings. People who talk too much at work are likely to have fewer friends and lower promotion prospects.
- Noisy Neighbours: Constant pen clicking, drink slurping, and loud munching. In-office distractions cost businesses $10,375 per person, per year.
- Cursing Colleagues: 64% of employers think less of employees who swear at work and 57% said they would be less likely to promote a co-worker who swears.
- Germ Generations: They come to work when they’re ill and cough on colleagues. The total cost to in-office sickness to US employers falls anywhere between $150 billion and $250 billion each year.
Into which profiles do your colleagues fit? And finally, which annoying co-worker are you? Share your opinions below or find out why your co-workers hate you.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.