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Posted on 11/02/2007 10:29:11 AM PDT by ShadowDancer
Who Irritates You At Work?
Screamers, Gossipers, Top Most Irritating Co-Worker List
Shirkers, screamers and gossipers are the most irritating co-workers, according to a new survey.
Ceridian, one of the world's largest human resource service providers, identified the top 10 most irritating people at work; the findings arrive ahead of National Stress Awareness Day on Nov. 7.
Shirkers - people who come up with endless excuses to not work - took top honors stressing out the most workers, almost a quarter of the 1,004 surveyed.
Coming in at second place are screamers -- who throw tantrums and arguments in open spaces; The third most irritating co-workers are gossipers who talk behind colleagues' backs and exclude people from conversations.
Also in the top 10 are whiners who never see the positive in any situation; megaphones who talk loudly on the phone; hijackers who hijack meetings by discussing irrelevant topics; wanderers who take long coffee and smoking breaks; slurpers, the noisy beverage drinkers, eaters and gum chewers; sneezers, the people who come to work sick; and swearers.
The survey also found that only eight percent of workers surveyed asked their boss for help with the stress at work, while 58 percent of employees suffered in silence.
Sitcoms such as the "The Office" portray these behaviors as humorous personality quirks, but in a real office situation, it's no laughing matter.
Stressful disruptive behavior can lead to stressed out office workers, which in turn affect morale, productivity and eventually, the bottom line.
EVERYBODY——and I’m self-employed
Who Irritates You At Work?
Human resource chicks!
Negatroids and alpha-male jerks..fortunately we have only a couple of each. ;)
That’s exactly what I’ll be doing shortly, and my boss doesn’t care.
LOL ... I’ve got somebody in the office who is a gossiper who takes frequent smoke breaks and looooooong lunch breaks, finds any excuse to avoid work, talks very loudly into the phone, bursts through closed doors and interrupts private, business-related conversations and throws public tantrums from time to time, cussing out her boss.
She’s annoying, but I deal with it by allowing her to be my own private episode of ‘The Office’ each day and get a laugh out of it.
The woman I share an office with, though, scares me. I really think she’s mentally unbalanced.
The ones who irritate me are the “shouldsters”. Every time you tell them how things are, what can be done, what kind of resources can be assigned to an issue, they always come up with “Well, it should be such & such way”. And when you point out that the boss’s office is right around the corner and he is taking pointers on strategy, they always slunk away.
So, in effect, it’s a whine disguised as a “genuine, helpful suggestion”. That’s one reason why suggestion boxes are empty.
I’m retired but are the ladies still running things? Oh yes, I forgot about Pelosi and Hillary. I guess they are.
“hijackers who hijack meetings by discussing irrelevant topics”
This is true of people everywhere, at or outside of work.
I am so sick of people talking, talking, talking, without stopping for a split second to take a breath!
To megatalkers everywhere, SHUT UP - nobody cares about your trivia and the minute details of your lives!!!!!!!!!!!
And why don’t you ask about how myself or my family are doing, for once?
Sorry - now I have hijacked the topic. But I’ve come in contact with way to many of these loudmouths this week, and enough is enough. And if you’re a megatalker at work, that’s even worse, since you’re not doing your job.
Nothing. I am happily retired.
No 1. The chronic bronchitis asthmatic coughers. (please go home!)
No. 2. The managing director who is so important she must listen to all of her voicemail on speakerphone at top volume with her door open.
No. 3. My next door cube dweller who has two long hateful sarcasm-filled telephone conversations with her husband everyday.
I’ve noticed a sharp uptick in the number of workoholics who really don’t have all that much work to do but keep frenetically running around as if they’re on deadline 24/7/365. They’re usually 20-somethings, and truly irritating.
All of those 80’s and 90’s buzz words desperately need retired.
FMLA abusers,whiners and slackers.
Me, too. It used to be called personnel. I don’t know why they thought human resources was better.
I'll say! And cell phones have made it worse. Chatty Cathy has been cloned and now is taking over the world.
Clueless executives (Director level and above) who don't know anything, or have any experience with, the department they are the executive over.
They pontificate, kiss the hiney of their immediate superior, threaten consequences if unrealistic demands of every type are not met ON time, WITH every bell and whistle, and UNDER budget.
I have tried again and again to get these types to recognise the three affecting things for any type of activity - You can do it fast, you can do it cheap, you can do it right - pick any two of those and we can do it.
It never seems to sink in.
The most irritating are the slackers, followed by the smokers who take several breaks every shift while on the clock.
Whiners,bitchers,intellectual midgets,race card players,repeaters of stories over and over,people who loudly laugh at their own jokes.
And whats really bad is that when all of the above defects are found in ONE person.
I’m retired now but I was always annoyed at the corporate-speak people; “getting grounded”, “deliverables”, using architect as a verb - “I will architect a plan”, “buy-in”, “paradigm shift”. I could just puke when an empty-suit corporate person used those kinds of terms.
These are always a problem for the other five percent.
Work irritates me!
“Who Irritates You At Work? “
Huge bump to that.
We should go ahead and dialog on that to see if we can solution it in a pareto-optimal fashion. The specifics aren't cast in concrete but we can do a plan for a plan interim to closing it out.
I don’t know, but I always try to look annoyed. Makes me look busy.
Can we workshop that? Let’s take a meeting, maybe do lunch.
Be warned. They don't get smarter when you retire and they are still there. My bozos are in Austin.
No one!....that’s how I get to spend all day at Free Republic!
Sometimes the cat gets in front of the monitor or a client phones me while i’m freeping. Sometimes a client will call and wants to get in a late ad after deadline so after the pleading stops I sacrifice and take the money. It’s a jungle in here. ;o)
I used to have that problem, until I got one of these: http://www.globalgadgetuk.com/rx9000.htm . I secretly turn it on just before the meetings and turn it off when the meeting is over. There's a rumor that our conference/meeting room is a cell phone dead spot, and I let that rumor keep going. I also use the RX9000 in my car for those drivers that won't hang up and drive.
Ever notice that all the smokers hang outside too long. Slackers and they smell nasty when they comes back inside.
Loud talkers get on my nerves. Short men are the loudest. It's like they need to talk extra loud to make up for being so short.
People who talk on their cellphones in the bathroom. I always try to be as noisy as possible when this happens.
The people who can’t seem to do anything unless they make it a crisis.
Hi George :)
After serving in the military, government civil service and private corporate, there is not enough time in a day to list them all.
Bosses who step into a bathroom stall mid-conversation and keep talking, expecting you to stand by and listen.
Unless it's Girl Scout cookies, don't ask me again to buy stupid trinkets for your kid's school.
People who plot to get other people fired. They are usually the pets of psycho bosses.
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