We’ve seen lists before about all the ways you’re annoying your co-workers, but Monster.com has a new one that’s pretty good. You probably heard some of these before, but here are seven bad habits that drive your co-workers crazy.
#1.) Making an Unreasonable Amount of Noise- This is an obvious one, basically meaning that you shouldn’t listen to music unless you’re using headphones or you’re in an actual office with privacy walls and a door. You also shouldn’t listen to your voicemail over speakerphone or talk too loud on the phone in general. And don’t eat chips all day or do things like snap your gum or chew on ice. Yes, we can hear it and it’s annoying.
#2.) Adding Unnecessary Background Noise During a Conference Call- Like when someone has music on or bangs away on their keyboard without muting their microphone. Also, be careful putting the conference call on hold, especially if your company has on-hold music or a message playing, then you’re busted!
#3.) Being a Source of Strong Smells- Including “good” smells, like perfume, which can be just as bad as something like garlic if you use too much of it. And obviously, the most offensive smell is body odor.
#4.) Excessive Chit-Chat- Small talk is fine, just as long as you’re not distracting people and preventing them for getting their work done. One way to tell if you’re too chatty is to watch the other person’s body language. If you’re telling a funny story and their eyes keep drifting to their computer screen, they’re probably too busy or they just don’t care.
#5.) Doing Anything That Grosses People Out- Which ranges from sneezing and not using a tissue, to nose-picking, to things like sitting at your desk clipping your fingernails.
#6.) Physical Contact- Avoid things like hugging, tickling, poking, back rubs, or anything else that might seem creepy.
#7.) Borrowing Office Supplies Without Asking- You shouldn’t go into someone’s desk for ANY reason without asking them first. You might not see it as their personal space because technically the desk belongs to the company. But, a lot of people do think of it that way and they tend to get pretty angry if you start digging through their stuff.