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Do you (that work in an office) deal with any of these?

Posted by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM
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The 4 Most Annoying Things Co-workers Do
By Dominique Rodgers
Monster Contributing Writer

"Oh great. Tad made his famous gourmet stink-bombs for lunch and he's eating them at his desk."

"Why does Kristy speak like there's a megaphone attached to her face? Doesn't she know how loud she is?"

Admit it -- you've had similar thoughts about an annoying co-worker at some point in your career. Nearly everyone has. The problem with these, mostly minor, annoyances is when they become so distracting they inhibit workflow.

If you're finding yourself so frustrated with an officemate that your productivity is declining, then it's time to address the issue. Here are some of the most annoying co-worker habits and suggestions on ways to improve them.

Blather Nonstop About Their...

Dog, child, upcoming vacation; the topic may vary, but the interruptions won't. A recent Monster Meter Poll found 53 percent of respondents were fine discussing a co-worker's wedding -- up to a point.

"Conversation along these lines might be nice for a moment or two but if they are persisting with this well into the day, it may be time to have a discussion of a different nature -- one that helps team members focus a bit less on themselves and more on the work they are there to do," says Aron Grow, author and associate professor of organizational leadership at City University of Seattle.

Engage in Amateur Fundraising Activities

Cookies, wrapping paper, popcorn, this disease and that animal shelter -- the fund-raising opportunities co-workers subject you to can seem unending. Parents often end up doing the fundraising for their children's schools or hobbies. A civic-minded co-worker may be raising money for any number of worthy causes. It adds up.

As this Monster Meter Poll shows, almost a quarter of respondents find this practice entirely inappropriate for the office, while 62 percent are fine with occasional requests as long as their co-worker isn't pushy.

Make an Untenable Amount of Noise

Noisy co-workers are a common complaint and can result in significant loss of productivity. Over half the respondents in this Monster Meter Poll said that noisy co-workers disrupted their work "always" or "very often."

"A lot of my work as a consultant for conflict resolution at work really ends up about helping people tolerate each other's quirks. The list of irritants is usually topped by loud phone calls, loud music or talk radio," says Steve Albrecht, psychologist and workplace violence expert.

"I tell employees that successful people working in a professional environment should be able to give each other direct, non-personal, feedback about things that make it hard for them to do their work successfully." If the noise bothers you, ask your co-worker politely to use headphones, close their office door, take their calls off speaker, or just lessen the noise in general.

Operate in a Constant State of Neediness

One of the worst ways someone can annoy their co-workers is by being needy. They require constant attention, assistance, praise or all three. This particular breed of annoying employee will "tell you what they had for dinner and then what they watched on TV last night. They ask questions that you know they know the answer to. They pout when you ignore them or don't invite them to lunch," says Kathi Elster, an HR and business strategist with K Squared Enterprises.

She says the best way to deal with a needy co-worker is to address the situation head-on. "It's about setting boundaries. You cannot expect this person to get a subtle hint; you have to be straightforward without being mean."
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by Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

 I work in a tiny office with one other woman...I think we've both done all of those things at one point or another lol. But we get along beautifully, she's a good friend. She is on the local animal shelter board and I have a kid in school, so we both support one another during fundraisers and give/buy what we can. I talk about my kids incessantly, she talks about her dog incessantly. We're both loud at times. Although neither of us are needy. So at least there's that. lol

Ultimately, everything runs smoothly here because we are good friends and have a lot in common. I love my job, and I love my coworker. I wouldn't have it any other way.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

My co-worker is crazy. She talks a lot about things no one cares about and is neurotic

by Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Yes to all of the above.  Its a wonder I can get anything done but I do try to avoid and ignore those that are like this.

by Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Nope. We all have individual offices, and pretty much work independently. It's very quiet! I don't think I've even seen a fundrasier form since I started working here a year ago. In my previous department, that was BY FAR the worst thing. One lady's daughter was a cheerleader, and it was non-stop.

by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Confession I got a kid in catholic school so I am the annoying fundraiser!!!
by New Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

I worked at a medical call center that had two dept.s, a Med d side and HMSA. There were a group of women on the Med d side that thought the workplace is where they could air their private affairs as loudly as possible. The noise caried over to the HMSA side of the office. It got to the point where if you on a call with a member you could not hear the member. What made it embrassing was that members would comment on the "party" in the background. When I asked these women to tone it down they would behave like high kids and ignore me then create rumors about me. Then I filed a complaint to their Manager, no action was taken because these women were his friends. Finally, it stopped when HMSA members called the main office and complained about the "party" at the call center. That was such a unprofessional workplace, I'm glad I left.

by Shauna on Feb. 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I have a needy co worker.

by Leah on Feb. 22, 2014 at 12:30 AM
I have a Co worker that is very vegan and is constantly lecturing people on why they should be too and critisizing what other people eat.
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