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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.
“Corporate Accounting, Nina speaking, just a moment. Arrrgh.”
Sounds like someone has a case of the “Mondays”! ;-)
Okay, Don Corleone.
Oh man do I agree. One of my pet peeves. What was wrong with the term "personnel"? At least it mentions a 'person' and not the whole human race!
No, it’s the ones who are left to do their work that complain about them being gone for so long and so often but there are slackers everywhere it seems.
They have bullshit bingo for that now. Do a google
I'll second that. Cheaper than therapy and works like a charm. Keeps me laughing for *days* afterward.
Actually I am fortunate. Most of my workday is spent alone, but linked to others on location by phone and data feeds.
There is plenty to do, jobs are clearly delineated, and there is no opportunity to slough your duties on someone else without everyone knowing about it.
It is a demanding mission-oriented work environment, and those who do not perform don't last long.
Most of us are away from home for the duration (until we finish the well), so 'watching the clock' is a waste of time.
Besides, we're mostly all conservatives here in the oil patch, and that eliminates an amazing amount of BS.
You'd be amazed. In the ladies' room where I used to work, you could count on seeing tears, temper tantrums, drinking, passed-out from hangovers, and gossip sessions (not all at the same time ;-)
Oh, Helloo, NEWMAN.
My backstabber got demoted after 1.5 years. It happens to them all eventually.
I don’t allow people to have that sort of power over me.
How about this: pull out a bottom desk drawer all the way and toss a dead mouse into the space behind the drawer.
Just yell out, "SHE'S IN THE CAN!!!" :-)
I’m self-employed but what irritates me is people who don’t give me a complete shipping address and then complain when their package gets sent back or is late.
The one eyed, chronic whistler.
I work for a family owned construction related company that I have been with for 12 years now, the patriarch who is still seasonally involved is mostly relying on his son who is 6 years my junior to run it but he is spoiled and self centered caring little for his employees and everyday its a constant battle of me with my skills knowing every single facet of operations of a concrete batch plant and daddies little boy that wants to master it all and basically has little long term vision of running a business.
Partly by his error last week I almost lost my hand and only suffered a very macerated and broken little finger on my right hand because of him, now I am on workmans comp for 3-4 weeks because of a crushed pinkie and he is bitching at me that its nothing, sure and as the doctor told me “the bone looked like it exploded” they even put a couple of bandaids on it and wanted me to drive a 70,000lb concrete mixer, on ice, in Alaska.
Next spring I’m out of there.
I had one higher boss (office politician & total sports wacko) who most brilliant saying was “do more but slow down”. None of us mere mortals could ever quite work out what that meant. If you didn’t love sports and freelance sports, you didn’t count and were an idiot who was lucky to have a job.
The one below him meant well but was hopelessly out of his league. Spellcheck was something to be turned off and kept off. What was really tiring was explaining (multiple times) that a floppy disk and a network share were not the same thing.
Often worried over every nothing problem as if it was the end of the world. Got really upset if nobody else didn’t either. Everything was a crisis, an investigation, and then kangaroo court to blame someone. It appeased the already mentioned sports wacko who could do no wrong.
The next in-line and the biggest irritant of all to everybody was someone that was passed on to us. We had to train the guy who outranked us. None of us were good enough apparently. It darn near took a lawsuit to change sports wacko’s mind and I lead the charge. Apparently he didn’t like veterans. I digress. To get back on topic...
This fellow would blab everything he knew to the sports wacko boss, pretend to be everyone’s pal, and had a very bad but selective temper. He unloaded on me two times. It never happened again after me and sports wacko had real heart to heart and I mentioned lawsuit.
He lived to tell people what to do but was too good to be told anything. Another thing was to get involved in everybody’s business. That almost got him fired a couple of times. However, being an expert at sucking up to the sports wacko, that won’t happen.
The guy ticked off some contractors who did something else under someone else and kept to themselves. One day, one of them came in and I didn’t pay much attention. A minute later the contractor was going off and getting in the guy’s face. The overly nosey/mouthy one was telling various in charge types that the contractors were not at their desks or whatever. That brought a little heat on him but nothing else.
What is funny is when he is mad at the world which is pretty often, he would sit in a room in a chair and pout for hours. Couldn’t take any criticism of any kind. He had a pet cat that bolted after two days and was never seen again.
The sad thing is that he will most likely wind up as an official supervisor. That is when the well meaning one dies at the office because he has nothing else and won’t retire.
One big annoyance that I had to put up with was working with several guys who had “fan clubs” that called 10 to 15 times a day. Not one would consider a cell phone or a pager. There was no caller id either. These same people called everyday and on weekends and multiple times. I learned to hate telephones and love caller ID. I am glad to have it where I am now.
I am glad I am out of that TV station. It was a good place for a long time but the last couple of years were rough on a bunch of us....
The ones who send e-mail and have the receipt-acknowlegment activated.
And gossip! Good grief. We sit in absolute silence all day because nobody will say anything in front of her. Thank goodness she retires at the end of the month. I won’t have to wrap her in duct tape.
In this order: gossips, whiners, people who text message & answer cell phones during meetings. Also (most of all): UNPRODUCTIVE slackers who are such because they’re sooo busy doing the aforementioned.
It’s the thought that counts! (hope you took some Dramamine)
Their motto is "Behind every silver lining is a dark cloud" and golly are they determined to find it!
Sorry, I have to make a living 12 months a year like everybody else. It isn't contagious.
Anal-retentive political appointees are the absolute worst. And political appointees are not just in government positions. They are in school administrations, corporate offices, etc. They are the unqualified, incapable trolls who are given their positions because of nepotism, graft, and more often than not, an insidious agenda to do harm.
The 'Winners' of the Wired News Saddest-Cubicle Contest
This guy strolled back from a meeting to find his furniture gone. He sat there for an hour before someone told him he'd been moved to a new space.
This thread is hilarious!
They step INTO the stall with you??? Now that’s just strange.
I’d have to look at the boss and say EXCUSE ME?!!!! But then, women don’t pee in front of each other either.
Heck, we pretend that we don’t even go in there to pee, often flushing to hide the sound. We’re weird that way.LOL!!!
“After serving in the military, government civil service and private corporate, there is not enough time in a day to list them all.”
We’ve led parallel lives. :)
I worked out of the home for five years, going into the main office just a couple of times a month. Mostly all the communication I had with the rest of the office was phone or email.
I used to hate going into the office for group meetings. I was inevitably drawn into the politics by people I hardly knew. It was humorous to see how they would jockey for position, each clique trying to get me to join them for lunch so they could tell me how awful the other cliques were.
I loved working from home and wish I could do it again. The only problem was, I was always working - the phone rings during dinner, on the weekends, on holidays - even in the middle of the night - I would always answer it.
They’re illegal in this country. You might not find an American source!
Not skunk scent...that deer scent stuff you can buy...hey right about now! (hint, it never comes out)
Nah, they're too busy whining to get their own work done let alone anyone else's.
Every two months???
Good heavens. I spend 30-40 hours per WEEK on conference calls, I kid you not. I work in worldwide marketing for a HUGE high tech corporation (Fortune 5). It’s a way of life. I have ‘em down pat. Speakerphones with mute are a tool of survival.
The stories I could tell about things I’ve heard in the background on these calls........
I ‘own’ worldwide marketing for a product set that will do over $1B this year alone. When I took it over 5 years ago, it was doing $120M per year....
Now....all new management. I work from home. Guess these years I haven’t done s**t. They want to see me “in the office”; wandering the halls to just be freakin’ “visible”.
Doesn’t matter that I’ve made them hundreds of millions of dollars.....and all long before they had these jobs of theirs.
We don’t see you? You don’t do spit. Well.....I’ve worked from home for MANY years and I put in far more hours than those who go into “the office”. I also get far more done. Guess that doesn’t matter now.
F**k ‘em. I’m moving to a new position early next year. Let’s see how all of these wonderful things happened on their own magically, somehow. Gonna be a hoot.