You think you know who the annoying coworker is, but it’s not that simple. We all have a bit of annoying coworker in us. Sometimes that can be endearing, but other times you just get on people’s nerves and drive people insane. These are some of the habits that will just get you on your coworkers’ bad sides.
Don’t Come Into Work When You’re Sick
If you’re not feeling well, stay at home. This is true even when there isn’t a pandemic knocking on our doors. You don’t want to go into work sick and then end up passing your cold to your coworkers. Trust me, you’re all they will be thinking about when they’re sick. And it definitely will not be in a good way.
Don’t Tell Dirty Jokes
It’s cool to be the funny guy at work, but don’t lose sight of your environment. Telling dirty jokes can make your coworkers uncomfortable even if they don’t voice it. And then there’s the whole issue of sexual harassment if you’re not careful. Just stay away from the “bad” jokes.
Talk About Religion, Politics And Of Course Feminism
There are some issues that you really don’t want to bring up at work. It is not because they are particularly inappropriate. Instead, it’s because they are issues that people tend to feel very strongly about. If you’re not careful you’ll just spark a heated debate right in the office. If your view on one of these issues is controversial or not really progressive you could end up creating a lasting impression on your coworkers. A bad one, obviously.
Don’t Be Condescending
Don’t talk down to your coworkers. Even if you feel that they are not doing something right, consider your approach before you talk to them. Even if they end up accepting that you are right, the way that you talk to them could create feelings of resentment. You may even be their superior, but when you talk down to them and attack their self-esteem, you hurt your relationship with them.
Don’t Talk Loudly On The Phone
Talking loudly on the phone may disrupt the concentration of those around you. They might not be able to say anything, because you’re on the phone. Or because they don’t want to be rude. You might also let slip some things that should remain private.
Don’t Take Credit For Your Coworkers Contributions To A Project
Don’t be a jerk. Give people the credit that they deserve for their ideas. When you take the credit for someone else’s ideas and contributions you invalidate that person’s efforts. It becomes hard for them to generate the same levels of enthusiasm and comittment to future projects.
Don’t Chew Your Gum Loudly
This is a thing that you really shouldn’t do in any public space. The annoyingness is even more amplified when it’s at work. Hey! Stop it! Don’t you dare blow a bubble! Anyway, chew your gum with your mouth closed and don’t rub anyone the wrong way.
When you’re at work, you can get comfortable with the people. It’s good to build relationships. It helps with the teamwork. However, it doesn’t mean you should let yourself go and give in to your bad habits because you’re around people that you’re comfortable with.