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Who Irritates You At Work?
ClickonDetroit ^ | November 2, 2007

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: workplace
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To: SittinYonder
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.

HEY, I thought I asked you not to talk about me on the internet.

Seriously, I am a people person, I love interaction with the public, but 5 years ago I was offered an opportunity that I financially could not pass up. It entails working out of my house. No coworkers (except those via email and telephone), no office politics, etc. I thought I would hate it. I found out instead that I absolutely love it! I don't miss any of those people you were talking about. And the coworkers that I do miss, I now get to see on my own time. Also my productivity has at least doubled. I wouldn't change it for the world.

101 posted on 11/02/2007 11:58:53 AM PDT by codercpc
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To: codercpc
It entails working out of my house.

Selling Amway or Arbonne?

102 posted on 11/02/2007 12:00:28 PM PDT by scan59 (Let consumers dictate market policies. Government just gets in the way.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Venomous back-biting snakes in the grass that never take personal responsibility and always start pointing fingers the moment something goes amiss. Our corporate office is slithering with them.


103 posted on 11/02/2007 12:00:59 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He is THE conservative candidate!!)
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To: GSWarrior
People who wear too much perfume or cologne.

Reminds me of a response to that,

"The perfume/cologne smells great....but must you marinate in it?"

104 posted on 11/02/2007 12:02:49 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He is THE conservative candidate!!)
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To: GSWarrior
People who wear too much perfume or cologne.

Did you ever get a sneezing attack from smelling too much of either? I have.

105 posted on 11/02/2007 12:03:17 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70 (Go Packers!)
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To: woollyone
“Miss Peurto Rico”

I feel for ya...I would lie awake nights plotting against her.

P.S.-- Did you know you can buy skunk scent in a little bottle?

106 posted on 11/02/2007 12:05:31 PM PDT by Max in Utah (If your neighbors habitually trespassed, wouldn't you want a nice tall fence with razor wire on top?)
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To: scan59

We like to put doctors and nurses on the speaker phone when they call into our room. That way we can all listen in to their rants.


107 posted on 11/02/2007 12:07:13 PM PDT by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: woollyone
and wears see-through skirts and dresses with no panties to cover her large...ass...there, I said it!

Thank God you didn't say:

and wears see-through skirts and dresses with no panties to cover her large...ass woollyone...

108 posted on 11/02/2007 12:07:47 PM PDT by null and void (First reporter of the great (5.6) San Jose 'quake of '07...)
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To: ShadowDancer

Being there.

If they could just mail me my checks and I never had to show up - I’d LOVE it!!!!


109 posted on 11/02/2007 12:12:25 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: scan59

Neither, I actually do medical billing (coding) for a company that contracts out with VA Hospitals all across the US.


110 posted on 11/02/2007 12:12:28 PM PDT by codercpc
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To: ShadowDancer

Out of a number of office irritants, I had four bosses during my career who caused us underlings to develop ulcers, suffer partial mental breakdowns and to undergo many sleepness nights. They were all idiots, but thought they were geniuses. I like to watch “The Office” now and then just to remind me about my four bad bosses, two of whom were as stupid as the boss in the TV show.


111 posted on 11/02/2007 12:12:39 PM PDT by Paulus Invictus
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To: WolfRunnerWoman; Canticle_of_Deborah
"People who plot to get other people fired. They are usually the pets of psycho bosses." ~ Canticle_of_Deborah

"Do we work in the same office?" ~ WolfRunnerWoman

Not for much longer... };^P

112 posted on 11/02/2007 12:13:28 PM PDT by null and void (First reporter of the great (5.6) San Jose 'quake of '07...)
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To: ShadowDancer

Google the hit show “The Office”. Every corp. type you can see in the full show videos. Just discovered this series. It’s hilarious.


113 posted on 11/02/2007 12:13:33 PM PDT by jslade (The only thing you should feel when shooting insurgents is the rifle recoil.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Office spammers are irritating to me. These are the people who get ahold of the email group for the entire company, including the other divisions overseas, etc., and send their goofy emails about birthdays, holidays, urban legends, etc. Once we had a particularly egregious email about some scam, that caused a bunch of people to reply ‘to all’ that the so called scam was an urban legend. Shut down the email server.


114 posted on 11/02/2007 12:14:42 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: ShadowDancer

“smoking breaks”

My boss went home early and didn’t want me to charge him leave since he said, “ I don’t eat lunch so use that as my time.”

I said you don’t eat lunch but you have a minimum of 4 smoke breaks a day instead of your lunch. He charged the time.


115 posted on 11/02/2007 12:16:47 PM PDT by art_rocks
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To: MEGoody

“Most irritating co-worker: One who, when you ask a simple question that should only require a 3 word answer, talks for half an hour.’

Our saying for one employee is “Why use 5 words when 50 will do.”


116 posted on 11/02/2007 12:23:22 PM PDT by art_rocks
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To: ShadowDancer

Anyone in a staff meeting.


117 posted on 11/02/2007 12:25:38 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Slow refresh of FR during the day.


118 posted on 11/02/2007 12:27:14 PM PDT by AU72
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To: null and void

lol ;-)


119 posted on 11/02/2007 12:27:16 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Romney Republican)
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To: CDHart

I renamed my husband’s employer’s department “INhuman Resources”. The droids that work in that department are anything but humanitarian.


120 posted on 11/02/2007 12:27:52 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Do you really sign it “MG70”?


121 posted on 11/02/2007 12:28:02 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

There is a reason for PRIVACY stalls!

:-)


122 posted on 11/02/2007 12:31:41 PM PDT by dave k (Unplug the spin machine...)
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To: EEDUDE

“No fair! You copied my list!!!!”

I must have architected my list first. Being a team player, I will let you get grounded in the post and buy-in. Together we can re-double our efforts to exceed expectations.


123 posted on 11/02/2007 12:32:08 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: InvisibleChurch

Oh, and can’t people at least put their phones on vibrate instead of leaving on those scratchy, annoying downloaded ringtones/country songs?


124 posted on 11/02/2007 12:32:20 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Do you really sign it “MG70”?

Lol :) No, I sign my real name and last name initial on it.

125 posted on 11/02/2007 12:34:37 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70 (Go Packers!)
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To: donna

I’m a H.R. chick — and H.R. people irritate the hell outta me! Cannot wait to retire in six months. The PC crap that goes on in this office is a sin (literally).


126 posted on 11/02/2007 12:36:16 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Ditto
"Speaker phones in general drive me nuts..."

My NUMBER ONE pet peeve. Nothing worse that someone who thinks they're a big shot who has to amplify their voice while talking because they they're too damn lazy to pick up the receiver. It's like listening to Chopper Charlie in an echo chamber.

127 posted on 11/02/2007 12:40:15 PM PDT by dave k (Unplug the spin machine...)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Anyone in a staff meeting.

More so, those perky people in a Monday 8:30 a.m. staff meeting.

Who's the genius that thought it was a good idea to schedule a meeting first thing on a Monday morning.

128 posted on 11/02/2007 12:44:19 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70 (Go Packers!)
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To: ShadowDancer

There’s a bimbo whose office isn’t close, but she speaks LOUDLY on the phone, etc., in baby talk. She’s over 50. “Hewwo. How yeeeooou?” “Do you need a witto bweak?” Arrrrggh! Thank God for headphones and loud music, which doesn’t really drown her out — but it helps.

And then there’s the arrogant guy sharing my cube wall who peppers every conversation with malapropisms, and says “also too” at least 25 times an hour.

HELP ME!


129 posted on 11/02/2007 12:47:44 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
I'll burst a blood vessel trying to make some extra noise when I hear this sort of thing going on. Just once I want to hear one of these clowns 'fess up that they're in the can---that'll make the person on the other end of the line feel all cuddly.
130 posted on 11/02/2007 12:55:26 PM PDT by IamConservative (Only two have offered to die for a stranger; Jesus Christ and the American Soldier)
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To: IamConservative

“HEY BOB! YOU GOT ANY TOILET PAPER IN YOUR STALL?”


131 posted on 11/02/2007 12:57:01 PM PDT by Max in Utah (If your neighbors habitually trespassed, wouldn't you want a nice tall fence with razor wire on top?)
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To: codercpc

Did you go to school for that?


132 posted on 11/02/2007 1:01:13 PM PDT by GYPSY286 (Politicians must USE their heads or Americans will LOSE their heads.)
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To: MayflowerMadam
And then there’s the arrogant guy sharing my cube wall who peppers every conversation with malapropisms

Bush?

133 posted on 11/02/2007 1:01:23 PM PDT by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: GYPSY286

I did an independent study program, along with sitting for a certification test. But before all of that I had on the job training at a clinic I worked for and about 5 years experience at that time. I have now been doing it for about 15 years.


134 posted on 11/02/2007 1:05:18 PM PDT by codercpc
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To: Max in Utah

LMAO here...

I actually thought of spilling milk under her desk for that three day fresh throw-up scent!


135 posted on 11/02/2007 1:18:47 PM PDT by woollyone (tazers...the 21st century version of the rusty bed frame, car battery, & clamps)
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To: MayflowerMadam
There’s a bimbo whose office isn’t close, but she speaks LOUDLY on the phone, etc., in baby talk. She’s over 50. “Hewwo. How yeeeooou?” “Do you need a witto bweak?” Arrrrggh! Thank God for headphones and loud music, which doesn’t really drown her out — but it helps.

Corporate Accounting, Nina speaking, just a moment.

Corporate Accounting, Nina speaking, just a moment.

Corporate Accounting, Nina speaking, just a moment.

Arrrgh.

136 posted on 11/02/2007 1:20:35 PM PDT by scan59 (Let consumers dictate market policies. Government just gets in the way.)
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To: ShadowDancer
>>Who Irritates You At Work? <<

And lastly, the illegal who does the work I refuse to do? :)

137 posted on 11/02/2007 1:31:28 PM PDT by Muleteam1
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To: CDHart

I remember thinking it was a joke the first time I heard it.


138 posted on 11/02/2007 1:36:12 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: JennysCool
All of those 80’s and 90’s buzz words desperately need retired.

Not at all. We just need to recapitalize them to meet our new paradigm. How else are we supposed to be transformational during this time of strategic rightsizing?

139 posted on 11/02/2007 1:39:47 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: Joann37

That’s my pet peeve, too. The ones who never shut up and never ask about anybody else. I used to have a coworker who, if somebody said, “My kid got an A on his report card,” she’d say, “Well, MY kid...” Or, “I’m going to Hawaii for vacation,” “Well, MY vacation...” Or, “I got into a car accident,” “Well, MY accident...” She never asked a question or commented about anyone else, ever. Every response, everything she said, was about herself.


140 posted on 11/02/2007 1:40:58 PM PDT by Nea Wood (I'm not a bad Christian because I refuse to join you in giving other people's stuff away.)
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I always hated the mandatory monthly birthday cake thing...
141 posted on 11/02/2007 1:41:47 PM PDT by Califreak (Duncan Hunter-no clothespin necessary!)
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To: ShadowDancer
I think that it's possible that I'm the annoying person at work.

Nah, those schlubs just don't appreciate stimulating conversation.

142 posted on 11/02/2007 1:43:03 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: SIDENET

Now, that’s thinking outside the box!


143 posted on 11/02/2007 1:43:12 PM PDT by JennysCool (Don't taze me, Bro!)
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To: ShadowDancer
They left off the Boss's secretary (administrative assistant, whatever) who thinks she is as important as the boss (hogs the copy machine, watches soap operas at her desk, &c.).

Regards,
GtG

144 posted on 11/02/2007 1:47:44 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

My favorite jargon is “Let’s do a deep dive on that” or “thats beyond your bandwidth”


145 posted on 11/02/2007 1:53:50 PM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: Proud2BeRight

You just need to learn to think outside the box. All empty jargon and incorrect grammar will then make perfect sense and be impactful on your career. Be proactive while you are at it.


146 posted on 11/02/2007 1:54:46 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

ROTF!!!


147 posted on 11/02/2007 1:55:23 PM PDT by 007girl ("If you're gonna go out, go out fighting." Stoney Lebby-Maddox/11 years old)
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Lazy people who sabotage you for working a solid eight hours while they squander the time chatting away on several different phones with friends and relatives all day and strategically time their days off so any work coming to them gets dumped in your lap.


148 posted on 11/02/2007 1:58:47 PM PDT by Califreak (Duncan Hunter-no clothespin necessary!)
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To: ShadowDancer

Very few, very rarely, and not for long.


149 posted on 11/02/2007 2:01:06 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Polyxene
“INhuman Resources”. The droids that work in that department are anything but humanitarian

I worked for a small company which was bought out by Robert Bosch (600,000 employees). Shortly after taking over they brought in a new HR director from a temp service. He got rid of all the carry over HR staff and replaced them with temps. in the ensuing years, the entire department would take vacation at the same time. That wasn't much of a handicap as none of them knew a thing about our benefit program and there were no "employee handbooks" to fall back on.

Bosch eventually drove the place into the ground and left after closing the entire operation. We used to call the absentee management "Seagulls" because they'd fly in for a few days, make a lot of noise, crap all over everything in sight, and then fly off!

Regards,
GtG

PS I retired before they pulled the plug!

150 posted on 11/02/2007 2:06:05 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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