The most annoying work habits

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The most annoying work habits
Tue, 03-25-2014 - 4:53pm

The most annoying work habits


For you, what are the most annoying habits you have encountered at work and were you able to fix them.


One of the annoying habits at work for me are when you are at lunch time and most of the coworkers at work are on their cell phones and they hardly eat for using the cell phone mostly to text and browse in the internet. So the rest of the coworkers who are not there with cell phones but either watching news on the cafeteria TV set or speaking with other coworkers is like we do not exist.. I believe using a cell phone at lunch time and ignore others are disrespectful, unprofessional and impolite.


Another habit I found annoying is when you are totally ignored by your coworkers when it come so work issues or when it is to send a message or communicate something they do it thru 3rd parties instead of communicating directly to you

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Tue, 03-25-2014 - 6:14pm

Oh no, not again! 

"So the rest of the coworkers who are not there with cell phones but either watching news on the cafeteria TV set or speaking with other coworkers is like we do not exist.. I believe using a cell phone at lunch time and ignore others are disrespectful, unprofessional and impolite".

Your co-workers are on their lunch time and are free to do whatever they want and are under ABSOLUTELY NO OBLICATION to entertain you.

Honestly,  with as many complaints you have with you work place, have it ever occurred to you that perhaps you are being annoying?  In another forum you criticize a co-worker's eating habits even though she never tried to imposed her ways on you.  Every few weeks you complained about not being included in functions.  Perhaps there is a very good reason why other ignore you.  Perhaps you are the one who is being disrespectful, unprofessional and impolite.

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Tue, 03-25-2014 - 7:07pm

Sorry sister but im not the one disrespectful and nooen at work think so. I was taught that is one of the most annoying habits at work even at lunch time as if u are there on ur lunch time is to relax and speka with ur coworkes while having lunch about anything, unwind a bit from work of the day. Cells phone are important but they do not replace the individual, I mean face to face not face ot the equipment.  I guess u are a person from the current generation, No wonder why  u think like that I was taught differently by my parents and during my high school years. Just saying

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Tue, 03-25-2014 - 9:43pm

I wish your parents and high school had taught you how to write properly ...

In a social setting, when you share a meal with others, you are indeed supposed to pay attention to those at the table instead of your cell phone.  However, work lunches are under a different set of rules.

All I can say is I completed two graduate degrees while working full time.  I would have never been able to do so had I not spent my lunch break studying.  Maybe you find not engaging in conversation with others during lunch break annoying, but obviously not the people I work with/for.  At the end of the day, I ended up with two more degrees and an opportunity to manage a $8 million project.  I guess my "annoying work habits" got me promoted!

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Tue, 03-25-2014 - 11:01pm

Why is it okay to watch tv in the cafeteria but not okay to look at a cell phone? And why does it matter if they hardly eat?

Do these people say "nana0071, let's go have lunch together" then when you sit down they get on the phone and ignore you? It sounds like they are just coworkers who happen to be in the cafeteria because that is where the food is served, and it probably doubles as a lounge area. Lunch time is personal time and they get to spend it however they want. If they don't want to chat with coworkers that's their choice, and it has nothing to do with being disrespectful or unprofessional. 

You seem to be very concerned with how other people spend their time, and have some pretty rigid rules about how other people should behave. Its not a generational thing, its more about minding one's own business and accepting that everybody has the right to spend their leisure time however they want. Just spend your time talking with your friends and don't worry about what anybody else does.

Back to your question, the most annoying thing was when a coworker would try to stir up drama in the workplace by gossiping about coworkers or saying things that would make somebody mad. Eventually everybody was upset and the boss had to intervene. He called an office meeting and found out what she had been doing. She quit before he could fire her so it got fixed, but it caused a lot of problems (including some good workers quitting) before the boss got involved.

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Wed, 03-26-2014 - 11:54am

Nana, it seems that you're describing habits of people who aren't working. I realize that the break room or cafeteria is at your workplace, but coworkers focusing on personal plans during their personal time doesn't really seem to be an annoying work habit to me. To me, the situation you're describing is more like going to a food court in a mall, where I wouldn't expect relative strangers to talk with me despite us eating in the same vicinity at the same time.

I will say that one of the most annoying work habits of others is to go to a superior with an issue regarding something I'm doing or not doing without ever telling me first that such issue exists. It might seem small, but if I have a coworker who doesn't want me to copy things on both sides of a sheet of paper, I would hope she would tell me first rather than not saying anything to me for months only to complain that I'm wasting her time, as she has to redo some things after realizing that the paper was double sided, to my manager. If this coworker would tell me first, I would stop doing the double sided printing when I am able--there's no need to get management involved for such a small issue that is easily resolved by just communicating with me.


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Fri, 03-28-2014 - 1:26pm

I think I'm seeing a clearer picture here. You expect others to act the way you were taught to act.  Well, that is impossible, unless the entire world grew up in your household.  That you expect this tells me that you have lived (and are still living) a very sheltered existence.  Do you still live with your parents even at your age?  There is nothing wrong with people doing what they want on their own time.  If you give off vibes that you are judgemental or in disagreement with what others feel is "perfectly normal" behaviour (even by society's standards), then yes, everyone you come in contact with will annoy you.  Sounds like a lonely place to be.

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.  -Albert Einstein