Eleven Things that Annoy Co-Workers

Eleven things that annoy coworkers is a starter list for etiquette around the workplace.  You might want to read more articles on the subject.  Being annoying is not the best way to advance your career.

Using Big Words and Jargon to Impress People

Using big words to impress people is phony and annoying. Building your vocabulary is a good practice. Just using those words to impress people is an annoying.

Using Facilities for the Handicapped

Those facilities are there for people who need them.  People who routinely use specialized needs bathrooms or handicapped parking annoy will soon lose credibility and trust.

Texting or Writing Emails During Meetings

You are in a meeting.  Everyone is focusing on the speaker except you.  You feel that texting urgent messages or answering emails during the meeting is professional.  You believe that you are being diligent.  However, you are creating a distraction for everyone in the room.  People who are in a meeting are like members in a marching band.  They are in meeting mode.  When you start texting or sending emails, you become a distraction to everyone who can see what you are doing.

Talking Loudly Enough to Disturb Other People

Talking loudly enough on the phone to distract other people is rude and unfair.

Blocking Doorways and Hallways

Be thoughtful of how you use passageways.  Some people do not know how to navigate blocked hallways or aisles.  People who block these spaces making passing awkward for people.

On the other hand, if you do need to get past a people in a blocked passageway, simply say, “Pardon me.

Disappearing from Work

People notice when you are not at your desk or not in meetings.  Often people cannot do their job when you are not around to do your job.

Constant Complaining

Negative information makes other people feel unpleasant.  When you complain, you bring people down with you.


Gossiping is unfair and will cost you the trust of other people.

Personal Grooming

Clipping your nails and combing your hair seem so minor an event to some people that they forget that doing either one around other people is makes them uncomfortable.  At your workplace, do personal grooming in the restroom.

Talking About Yourself

For some people, talking about themselves is so easy to do.  It is also healthy.  However, talking about ourselves all the time pushes people away.  We not only distance ourselves from other people, the habit can prevent us from building strong business relationships.

Discussing Politics and Religion in the Workplace

Religion and Politics in the Workplace: I read an article recently that helped me know that not everyone understands the impact of religion and politics in the workplace.  The author started his article with religious jokes.

The jokes weren’t clever.  They were flippant.  Furthermore, they distracted from the point of the article.

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